Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Bass Up for Sale

October 31, 2012 By:

Smells like teen spirit has a price tag. And it’s upwards of $40K.

The bass that Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic rocked in the band’s most famous music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Kurt Cobain then destroyed in that dirty high school gymnasium is up for auction.

Christie’s in London will accept offers for the piece of rock memorabilia on November 29th and it’s expected to pull in anywhere between $24,000 and $40,000, maybe more, the auction house estimates.

“Behind the Music”-esque story behind the bass: Krist picked the 1960s Japanese Zen-On bass from a local pawn shop. They wanted something inexpensive knowing that Kurt would want to tear it to shreds, literally, because it was the early ‘90s after all. The seller, who was an extra on set and a teenager at the time with incredible foresight (probably got into Harvard because of it) snatched the broken bass from the set. And then waited incredibly patiently…

The salvaged body of the bass is just one of other pieces of entertainment fame to be auctioned off in November, including Indiana Jones’ whip, the Holy Grail prop from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Bob Dylan’s high school yearbook. Start saving your pennies.

In case you need to re-familiarize yourself with the bass behind Christie’s glass, watch the classic video here: