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Hits by Clapton and Cobain to support “Kicking the Stigma”



Indianapolis, Indiana – The Indianapolis Colts and the Irsay family are bringing to the mental health campaign a double dose of rock and roll heritage.

The group claims that proceeds from the auction of two rare guitars would go toward “Kicking the Stigma.”

The first may be identified by both its appearance and sound. “The Fool” is a mahogany-bodied Gibson guitar.

A history of the instrument from The Metropolitan Museum of Art states that fellow virtuoso Eric Clapton received it from Beatle George Harrison. After applying a psychedelic paint job, Clapton utilized it to deliver some of his most iconic licks with Cream throughout the latter part of the 1960s. Here’s where you can watch Clapton perform it.

This second guitar is a piece of grunge history, with proceeds going to “Kicking the Stigma.” “Skystang I” is the name given to this light-blue Fender Mustang.

Nirvana fans will recognize it right away as one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite live albums. It can be seen in the first few seconds of a performance of “Pennyroyal Tea” by Nirvana.

Julien’s Auctions will be handling the sale of both instruments. Pre-sale estimates range from $1 million to $2 million for each, with a quarter million dollar starting bid. Here, you can examine “The Fool” and place a bid.

With the real auction page here, the Skystang details are in this video.

The deadline for the auctions is mid-November. According to the Irsay family, a portion of the sales revenue will go toward “Kicking the Stigma.”

In 2020, the mental health campaign got underway. According to the Irsays, the program has committed over $25 million toward increasing awareness, treatment, and research.

Jim Irsay’s long-standing passion for expensive artifacts of rock and roll history is furthered by this relationship. Less than a month after purchasing Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” guitar in the spring, he also paid millions for a renowned Jimi Hendrix instrument.