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Kurt Cobain’s Distortion Pedal Sells At Auction For $9000

The other day we reported that Kurt Cobain’s acoustic guitar sold at auction for $6 million. Well, that wasn’t the only Cobain item up for auction this past weekend.

Cobain’s Boss DS-1 distortion pedal, sold for $9000 at Julien’s Auctions. The pedal came with a certificate of authenticity from Jeff Toste. Toste was the original owner of the pedal, after Cobain had some technical difficulties, and threw the pedal into the crowd after smashing it at a September 25th, 1991 Rhode Island show. 

After almost 30 years, Toste decided it was time for it to go to a new home. This is the second acquisition of Kurt’s gear this week. His infamous MTV Unplugged guitar sold for a whopping $6 million.

Peter Freedman of Rode Microphones, is now the proud owner of this historic piece. It was placed in Julien’s Auctions this weekend and was already receiving a few separate million dollar bids before it went live. What did it end up costing Mr. Freedman? Only $6.01 million! Making this the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction.

When Mr. Freedman was asked about his purchase, he said “When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction, I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced,” 

He went on, “The global arts industry has been shattered by the impact of COVID-19, with musicians and artists being amongst the most affected. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel’s back, and for many in the arts brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.”

Freedman continued, “For most, access to financial and health services – particularly mental health services – is very limited. While many industries are gradually returning to normal, it’s going to take a long time before this industry can begin functioning as it was. The toll this has taken and will continue to take is enormous and requires more than just lip service. It requires action now, and I am a man of action.”