Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival Guitar Breaks Auction Records

Posted 08 Dec 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights, News

Just over a month ago, we informed our readers that the guitar played by Bob Dylan infamously at the Newport Folk Festival of 1965 was going to be put up for auction. Well, folks, it finally happened. The guitar sold, and in the process broke the record for most expensive guitar ever sold through an auction. That’s a pretty big deal, considering it’s just a Strat. So just how much did the guitar go for? $965,000. Just shy of a million. That’s quite a spectacular sum of moolah.

Bob Dylan Guitar

To be fair, though, this was one of the most important guitars to ever exist. Bob Dylan touched society in a way no other artist can ever replicate, and the guitar represents a major transition in the man’s career. In his 1965 performance at the Newport Folk Festival, when Dylan “went electric” and angered a lot of fans, he only played three songs. This guitar is worth nearly a million dollar because it gave a three song performance one time in 1965. Obviously, the hardware of the guitar is not worth this much, which really speaks to the value of Dylan’s legacy. Hopefully, the anonymous buyer who purchased this piece of history respects this guitar as it deserves.

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