Frances Bean Cobain Was Forced to Give Up Kurt Cobain’s $6 Million Guitar in Her Divorce

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On June 29, 2014, Frances Bean Cobain, the only child of grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain and celebrity Courtney Love, married her longtime boyfriend, Isaiah Silva, in a ceremony so private that even her own mother didn’t know about it.

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“Makes me the luckiest woman in the world to spend the rest of my life loving my best friend,” she posted on Facebook. huff post. Silva, the frontman of The Rambles and The Aries bands, has been compared to his father for his personal style and dreamy blue eyes.

The pair seemed like a cosmic couple made in heaven, but Cobain filed for divorce in March 2016. This was followed by a nasty court battle over husband-wife support and a famous family legacy, additional lawsuits, allegations of threats and even an alleged plot to kill Silva.

Francis Bean Cobain wanted a stable family life


Biography tells that from the very beginning Cobain’s childhood consisted of custody battles and drama surrounding his parents’ drug use. After his father’s death in 1994, Cobain grew closer to his nanny, Wendy O’Connor, whom he called “the most stable thing ever.”

Cobain was just seventeen years old when he met Silva and was freed from her drug-addicted mother. She told RuPaul on her podcast, What’s the tee with Michelle Visage? (Available at soundcloud🙂

“The idea of ​​securing a family very early was the opposite of what my mom did… She only had two years of family life, and then she never remarried or anything, so I’d never get any sort of stability. … So I met this man, who at the time presented himself as stable and normal, but later changed that way.

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Cobain cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce that left Silva bitter. According to tmz, he alleged that there was no premarital agreement and that Cobain had left her after promising to pay his own expenses, including the cost of private schooling for his child from a previous relationship.

Frances Bean Cobain loses her father’s guitar in divorce settlement

The root of the controversy and perhaps the alleged source of Silva’s leverage was with a famous acoustic guitar, which he claimed was given to him by Cobain. Cobain denied this and asked to return it. Love said in the 1959 Martin D-18E that her late husband played in 1993 mtv unplugged The set was a treasured family heirloom, and “not to be taken for granted.”

Silva refused to give the guitar because it was a gift. He also asked for $25,000 a month in support of the spouses. Under the terms of the settlement, six months after the divorce was finalized, Silva received the guitar and nothing else.

TMZ reports that “Silva has a big bet on getting Kurt’s guitar — Silva’s baby mama must quickly vacate the couple’s L.A. house, which now belongs to Cobain, with the property under disposal.” On top of that, Silva did not receive the red cent support of spouses and had to pay his own legal fees.

Kurt Cobain’s iconic ‘Unplugged’ guitar sold at auction

Even without monthly support, Silva hardly gave up on the marriage because he was the broken musician she claimed. In May 2020, page six announced that the iconic 1959 Martin D-18E would be auctioned off by an unknown seller. Looking at the court battle that went on for it and who got it in the end, it’s safe to say that Silva was that seller.

on June 21, 2020 BBC reported that the guitar went up for sale with an initial bid of $1 million. It was sold for a record $6.01 million to Peter Friedman, an Australian businessman and founder of Road Microphones. Friedman called the purchase a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and said he planned to take the guitar on a world tour to raise money for the performing arts.

The sale broke the previous record for the most expensive guitar ever sold. The Fender Stratocaster belonging to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour sold for about $4 million in 2019.

Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ live performance is one of the greatest performances in history

In November 1993, Cobain and his bandmates took to the MTV stage for a live performance that would be one of their final performances. According to talented, Cobain was nervous about the show, not wanting to play his usual hit songs, and decorated the stage with black candles and lilies.

Looking back, the stage seemed more appropriate for a funeral than a concert, oddly foreshadowing his tragic death five months later. On stage, Cobain looked weary and drowsy but as the set progressed, the audience warmed to it.

The last song of the evening was a haunting rendition of Huddy William Ledbetter’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”.. Cobain called the blues singer, whose stage name Lead Belly, was his favorite artist that night, mentioning that he was offered lead belly guitar for $500,000.

“That show was supposed to be a disaster,” said Nirvana drummer and vocalist David Grohl, who is now the frontman of Foo Fighters. Grohl continued:

“We weren’t used to playing acoustic. We did some rehearsals and they were terrible. Everyone thought it was terrible. The people at MTV thought it was terrible too. Then we sat down and the cameras rolled and something clicked. It became one of the band’s most memorable performances.”

In 1996, Nirvana won a Grammy for the double platinum album, MTV Unplugged in New York.

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