Indianapolis (AP) — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Arsey spent years putting together his vast guitar collection.
On Monday, he announced that one of his valuable possessions, the Fender Mustang electric guitar used by the late Kurt Cobain, would be auctioned to support the team’s Kicking The Stigma mental health awareness campaign.
Bidding will take place from May 20th to 22nd at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, New York City, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Artey initiative.
In the announcement, Artey and his daughter Karen Jackson said Coburn’s family would support the move and auction other items from Coburn that weekend.
But with dozens of instruments, including the Beatles drum set and Jack Kerouac’s original “street” manuscript, Artey isn’t going to lose Coburn’s guitar in the $ 2 million opening bid.
Coburn used the guitar in Nirvana’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video.
Irsays has invested $ 16 million in the team’s mental health initiative, and Irsay said he’s talking to Peter Berg about shooting a new public service announcement. Berg directed Hollywood hits such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor,” and “Patriots Day.”
Coburn died in April 1994 after being determined to commit suicide.
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