The green cardigan worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s 1993 'MTV: Unplugged In New York' special has sold at an auction in California for $140,000. The iconic item of clothing sold for nearly twice the highest estimated price during the rock memorabilia-themed auction on November 7th.

NirvanaKurt Cobain’s iconic green cardigan has sold for $140,000.

The auction was held at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles and also featured memorabilia from Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. The cardigan was initially expect to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000.

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Julien’s described the item of clothing as being “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discolouration near left pocket and discolouration on right pocket”.

Nirvana performed their special 'Unplugged In New York' show in 1993, just months before the frontman’s untimely death. The following year a recording of the performance was released on CD and it became certified 5x platinum in the United States by 1997. The record also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 1994.

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The cardigan is now the highest priced piece of Nirvana memorabilia, beating Cobain’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar, which sold for $131,000 in 2006. The guitar was still in its original case and had the words “Nirvana” and “F—k Elvis" written on it in white paint. In 2008, a smashed Fender Mustang owned by the frontman also fetched $100,000 at auction.