Krist Novoselic’s “Smell Like Teen Spirit” Bass to Be Auctioned
The famed bass played by Krist Novoselic and smashed by Kurt Cobain in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video is heading to Christie’s in London for an auction later this month.
The 1960’s Japanese Zen-On bass was bought by Novoselic from a pawn shop, because he knew it would be destroyed in the video. The body is all that’s left.
The bass was grabbed from the set by a Nirvana fan who had applied to be an extra and who appeared in the promo shoot for the song.
The auction is expected to bring in at least $24,000, with expectations that it could top $40,000. It is scheduled to take place November 29 as part of a broader entertainment memorabilia auction which will also include the Indiana Jones’s whip and the Holy Grail used in the Last Crusade film as well as Bob Dylan’s high school yearbook with a personal note written by him.