Bob Dylan’s famed electric guitar from 1965 folk fest sells for $965,000

Posted on: 5:49 pm, December 6, 2013, by

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NEW YORK -  The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock ‘n’ roll, sold for $965,000 on Friday, a world auction record for a guitar, Christie’s said.

The 1964 Fender Stratocaster, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by the songwriter and his band in the months after the Rhode Island festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan material in New York.

“A tremendous amount of international interest was generated at the time of the sale’s announcement, and today’s result justifies the mythic status of this guitar in the annals of music history,” Tom Lecky, a specialist at Christie’s, said in a statement.