Iconic Kurt Cobain cardigan sells for $334,000 at auction

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance has sold for a staggering $334,000 (£260,380) at auction.The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’…

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for his 1993 MTV Unplugged performance has sold for a staggering $334,000 (£260,380) at auction.

The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, after the rocker’s 1994 death – and she later sold it.

Now, the anonymous businessman who purchased it at an auction four years ago for $137,500 (£112,000) has made a huge profit on the item. It was sold via California-based Julien’s Auctions on Saturday alongside a letter of authenticity from Farry.

The cardigan was expected to bring in big money, after a fan offered the pre-auction minimum bid of $200,000 (£163,000) weeks before the auction went live. Experts had predicted the sale price could rise as high as $300,000 ($245,000).

The cardigan was previously described as “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”.

A spokesman for Julien’s emphasised that the item had not been cleaned since it was worn by the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmaker.

“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien recently told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”

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Iconic Kurt Cobain cardigan returning to auction block

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for an MTV Unplugged performance is up for auction again after selling for $137,500 (£112,000) in 2015.The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the …

The cardigan Kurt Cobain wore for an MTV Unplugged performance is up for auction again after selling for $137,500 (£112,000) in 2015.

The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, gifted the mohair sweater to Jackie Farry, who worked as a nanny for the couple’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, after the rocker’s 1994 death – and she later sold it.

Now, the anonymous businessman who purchased it at auction four years ago has relisted the valuable souvenir, and he is guaranteed to turn a big profit, because another fan has already offered the pre-auction minimum bid of $200,000 (£163,000).

The cardigan was previously described as “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discolouration on right pocket”.

A spokesman for the auction house, Julien’s, emphasised that the item has not been cleaned since it was worn by the Smells Like Teen Spirit hitmaker.

“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”

The cardigan, which comes with a letter of authenticity from Farry, could fetch up to $300,000 ($245,000) when it goes under the hammer.

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Frances Bean Cobain launches clothing line in honour of late father

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with …

Frances Bean Cobain has honoured her late father Kurt Cobain with a new clothing collection.

The 27-year-old daughter of Courtney Love and the Nirvana rocker launched the line Kurt Was Here on Monday, with the 50-piece range created in partnership with Kurt’s estate and Live Nation Merchandise.

Frances curated the line, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, and sweatshirts featuring images of the musician’s paintings, sketches, and hand-written notes.

A portion of online sales will be donated to The Jed Foundation (JED), a non-profit organisation that seeks to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teenagers and young adults.

Frances largely remains out of the spotlight and has not yet commented on the collection, however, a representative for Live Nation told Rolling Stone that it was the right time to unveil the project.

“We believe that the importance of art is exceedingly potent in today’s social and political climate,” they stated to the music publication. “And that it is the right time to share this collection of Kurt’s work with artists, collectors, and fans, allowing them to experience Kurt’s legacy in a new way, and collectively celebrate his lasting impact on the world.”

The range comes a few months after the 25th anniversary of Kurt’s death. During the final years of his life, the Smells Like Teen Spirit star struggled with addiction and chronic health problems, and was found dead at his home in Seattle at the age of 27.

Most items are priced from $39 to $69 (£31 – £55) and are available to buy in department stores Selfridges and Barneys, as well as online at KurtCobainShop.com.

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Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon bond over parents’ style

Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon have bonded over their struggle to set themselves apart from their famous parents’ style choices. Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son often find their fashion sense is linked…

Frances Bean Cobain and Sean Lennon have bonded over their struggle to set themselves apart from their famous parents’ style choices.

Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love’s daughter and John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son often find their fashion sense is linked to that of their folks and on Sunday (31Mar19), Lennon took to Instagram and posted an image of himself wearing a suit by designer Kyosuke Kunimoto, noting he is often accused of trying to copy his parents, especially when wearing glasses resembling those his father wore.

“I have struggled all my life w (with) people telling me I’m ‘trying’ to look like dad, or mum,” he captioned the shot. “That’s why I rarely wear these type of glasses, but they’re actually just better on my face.”

But the musician insists, he isn’t purposefully emulating the late Imagine singer or his mum, Ono.

He added, “It’s funny, but I promise I don’t ‘try’ to look like my parents, it just happens. Especially when I dress cool because they had epic style, so it is often unintentionally evocative. Which glasses do y’all prefer on me?” he wrote.

The post prompted Frances to share her similar struggle with wardrobe choices.

“You look wonderful! I do the same thing re sunglasses, I try not to wear those friggin oval frames often, but i when i do, i know they look good on mah face, so, what can we do,” she commented on Lennon’s post, before offering words of encouragement to her fellow musician.

“Embrace the similarities and celebrate the differences, i suppose!” she wrote.

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Marc Jacobs seeks to dismiss Nirvana lawsuit

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s r…

Marc Jacobs’ legal team have asked for a lawsuit brought about by Nirvana to be dismissed.

Nirvana’s surviving members Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl began the process of suing Jacobs in December (18) over a T-shirt motif in the fashion star’s re-released Bootleg Redux Grunge collection.

They claim the design, a yellow smiley face with the letters M and J in place of the eyes, is a copy of Nirvana’s yellow smiley face T-shirt – a trademark the group has owned since 1992.

But Jacobs’ lawyers disagree, and have asked for the lawsuit to be thrown out in documents filed in a California federal court.

They state that Jacobs was one of the originators of grunge, with his 1993 Grunge Collection a “groundbreaking” moment in the fashion world.

“It brought together high fashion and streetwear on the runway in a way that had never been done before. The debut of the SS93 Grunge Collection is now considered to be one of the most influential runway fashion shows of the 1990s,” they write.

His legal team also go on to cite Courtney Love, widow of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who came up with the smiley face logo synonymous with the band, as a big fan of the Marc Jacobs brands.

They state after first meeting both Love and her then two-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain in 1994, the three forged a long-standing working relationship.

“As friends of the brand, Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain helped celebrate the release of the (Bootleg Redux Grunge) collection,” lawyers write. “Each woman was gifted designs from the collection. Ms. Love was invited to perform at the launch event for the collection in Los Angeles. Both Ms. Love and Ms. Cobain ‘liked’ and commented on the images of the collection that Mr. Jacobs posted on his Instagram feed, including, notably, images of Mr. Jacobs in the T-shirt that is one of the Accused Products. Ms. Love commented on one of the images of Mr. Jacobs in that shirt, saying, ‘Nice photo! Looks some what familiar (sic)! Amazing’.”

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Jeremy Scott and Emily Ratajkowski among Daily Front Row award winners

Jeremy Scott was crowned Creative of the Year at the 2018 Daily Front Row awards on Sunday (08Apr18).Known for his flair for colour and quirky use of cartoons at Moschino, the designer rocked a one-shoulder pinstripe suit, which left half his torso on …

Jeremy Scott was crowned Creative of the Year at the 2018 Daily Front Row awards on Sunday (08Apr18).

Known for his flair for colour and quirky use of cartoons at Moschino, the designer rocked a one-shoulder pinstripe suit, which left half his torso on display. He was joined on the red carpet at the publication’s fourth annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards by Paris Jackson and Frances Bean Cobain, the daughters of music legends Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain.

“I’m always open to inspiration,” Jeremy told Daily Front Row ahead of the awards show. “If there is ever the time that something doesn’t come instantly, I move on to the next thing. There’s a lot of cross-pollinating when I’m doing one thing that inspires me about another thing. Keeping busy is helpful to keep the machine well-oiled. I don’t do anything in particular to replenish the well, but I try to keep myself a happy, whole person. I function best from a place of happiness. That’s why I live in Los Angeles.”

Emily Ratajkowski was also honoured at the awards bash, held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, taking home Model of the Year, while Stuart Vevers for Coach bagged Designer of the Year and Philipp Plein won the Fashion Rebel prize.

Stylist Jamie Mizrahi also took home a gong, winning Best Design Debut for her work at Juicy Couture.

Nicole Richie, one of Jamie’s clients, was there to cheer her on, and as well as offering Jamie her support, the 36-year-old caught up with her The Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton.

Chrissy Teigen and husband John Legend, Kris Jenner and Normani Kordei were among the guests.

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