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UPDATED: Guitar From Bob Dylan's Electric Rock Debut To Go Up For Auction
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.06.2013

UPDATED: Billboard reports that Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival at auction for $965,000. The price is the highest ever paid for a guitar at auction.

The buyer was identified as a private individual. The number includes Christie's house fees but any way you slice it, it's well above the $300,000 - $500,000 that it was estimated at.

ORIGINAL: The guitar that Bob Dylan played when he "went electric" in 1965 is set to go up for auction. Billboard reports that the sunburst Fender Stratocaster, which Dylan performed three songs on to a chorus of boos from folk purists at the '65 Newport Folk Festival, will be auctioned off by Christie's in New York today. Christie's puts a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000 for the instrument.

The guitar has been in the family of the late Vic Quinto, a private plane pilot who worked for Dylan's manager, for the last fifty years. The guitar was left behind in the plane and when Quinto asked the company what to do with it, they never got back to him. Christie's issued a statement which reads, "Representatives for Bob Dylan do not contest the sale of the guitar, and are aware of Christie's plan to bring it to auction."


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