Kurt Cobain’s Guitar at Center of Daughter’s Bitter Divorce
A multimillion dollar guitar owned by Kurt Cobain -- and the one he played during his famous 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance -- is at the center of his daughter Frances Bean Cobain’s increasingly bitter divorce.
Frances Bean Cobain’s estranged husband, Isaiah Silva, claims she gave him her father’s Martin D-18E as a wedding present, TMZ reported. Silva, 31, said Cobain, 23, wants it back.
Cobain filed for divorce from Silva, a musician with the band The Eeries, in March. They secretly wed in June 2014.
She cited as reasons for the divorce irreconcilable differences, but said her ex was not to enjoy any monetary gain from her late father’s estate, which is reportedly valued at $450 million. However, she said in court documents that she was open to paying him spousal support, according to E! News.
Courtney Love, the widow of Kurt Cobain and Frances Bean’s mother, sided with her daughter in the guitar dispute and said she never planned to give the instrument away.
“It’s not his,” Love said about her former son-in-law. “It’s a treasured heirloom of the family. It’s not his to take.”
Indeed, the guitar is a treasure -- the last instrument the Nirvana frontman reportedly played before his suicide in April 1994.
According to TMZ, only about 300 of the acoustic-electric instruments were made before Martin discontinued the model.
The left-handed Cobain also had it specially outfitted -- replacing the bridge and nut -- so he could play it upside down.
The guitar was once insured for $1 million but experts now think it’s worth several million dollars.
Martha Ross provides celebrity commentary for the Bay Area News Group. Follow her at twitter.com/marthajross .