Kurt Cobain’s legendary MTV Unplugged cardigan is up for auction and now the owner explains why
The owner of one of the most famous cardigans of all time has decided to sell it. The reason we’re telling you about some guy selling a piece of knitwear is that the cardigan he’s selling is Kurt Cobain’s cardi from the iconic Nirvana session for MTV Unplugged.
Now, the owner of Kurt’s cardigan, Garrett Ketjian, has explained why he’s putting it up for auction. Earlier in the month it was revealed that the item would go up for auction for the second time in a few years with the sale set to take place on Friday through Julien’s Auctions, bids are expected to reach up to $300,000 (£245,000).
Kletjian bought the item back in 2015 and decided to remain anonymous after the sale. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he has now revealed the pressure he felt for owning such an iconic piece of rock history.
“I opened it up and it immediately hits me: ‘Oh, now I’m also going to be responsible for this’,” he told RS. “It was kind of like when my children were born years ago; I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, ‘Oh no…’ ”
When asked if he had worn the jumper he said, “It’s kind of a weird, powerful thing when you do something like that, when we put on somebody else’s [clothes]. It’s like when they say you should walk in somebody else’s shoes. When I put that on, I was like, ‘Ah, no. God, I don’t want to wear this.’”
He also went on to suggest that the jumper had acted as a comfort to Cobain during his last days. “He was obviously in a bad way at the time. I look at this sweater as something that he put on every day,” he said. “It was comfortable and it was familiar. So I liked the idea that, while he might have been tortured inside, this was a piece that offered him a bit of comfort.”
The auctioneer, Julien’s Auctions went on to celebrate the fact that the cardigan had not been washed. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarettes burns that you can see on the sweater.”