Bob Dylan's Newport Festival guitar sells for 1 million plus at auction

Bob Dylan's Newport Festival guitar sells for 1 million plus at auction

What a time its been for music memorabilia auctioneers. First John Lennon's school reports, then Bruce Springsteen's manuscript for 'Born to Run' sold for silly money and now one of Bob Dylan's guitars has just been snapped up by an anonymous bidder for a whopping $1.07m ($US965,000)

The guitar in question is a sunburst-finished Fender Stratocaster, a beauty in itself, but it is a lot more than that to Dylan fans. It was in fact the guitar that Bob played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when he rather controversially made the switch from acoustic to electric, so as far as meaningful music memorabilia goes it does rank right up there.

Dylan's switch to electric was huge at the time, a bit like if Bieber were to grow his hair get some proper man tattoos and go all post hardcore on us. Not that Bieber is anywhere close to in musical significance (or talent) to Dylan, but you get the idea. You can watch the historic moment below.

Prior to going onsale via Christies in New York, the guitar had the same owner for 50 years, a pilot called Vic Pinto. as the story goes Dylan left it behind in the plane and despite efforts to contact his management team to find out how to return it Mr Pinto's daughter claims there was never a response and the instrument has laid untouched in her Dad's home for all of these years. It was authenticated by the experts on a US public television program called History Detectives and also by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame consultant Andy Babiuk who says that the very distinctive woodgrain gave away the fact that it was indeed the real thing.

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