Kurt Cobain’s daughter and widow are determined to win back the one-of-a-kind guitar the Nirvana frontman played on the band’s iconic MTV Unplugged album.
TMZ recently caught up with Courtney Love at Los Angeles International Airport, where the former Hole singer talked about the ownership of Cobain’s guitar, which TMZ reports is contested in Frances Bean Cobain’s divorce from Isaiah Silva. Love called the guitar a “treasured heirloom of the family” and said, “It’s not [Silva’s] to take.”
Check out the interview below:
When asked if Frances Bean legally transferred the guitar as a gift to Silva, Love assured, “She never planned on doing that.”
The guitar — a 1959 Martin D-18E — was an acoustic-electric model, produced for just a year before being discontinued in its titular year. On top of being an extremely rare antique, the left-handed Cobain had its bridge and nut adapted so he could play it upside down. All that combined with the fact he played it on MTV Unplugged in New York makes it a prized collectible; TMZ notes it was once insured for $1 million and could be worth several more.
“It’s the last guitar he ever played,” Love said.
Frances bean Cobain and Silva (frontman of the L.A. rock band The Eeries) married in 2014 but Cobain filed for divorce earlier this year.
Here’s Cobain using the guitar while performing Nirvana’s “All Apologies” for the Unplugged album: