The epitome of early ‘90s angst is captured at the conclusion of Nirvana’s video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” when frontman Kurt Cobain smashes Krist Novoselic’s bass guitar in front of a group of swarming teens. Now, the beaten instrument is being put up for auction as a piece of musical history in London next month, NME reported.
Novoselic originally bought the instrument from a pawnshop, as he knew it would be destroyed while shooting the video. After wrapping production, one of the extras from the video snagged the body of the guitar.
The auction is set to take place Nov. 29 and will also include Bob Dylan’s 1958 high school yearbook.