Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Festival guitar breaks auction record

The guitar that Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 has become the most expensive guitar ever to go up for auction. The Fender Stratocaster was sold Friday (December 6) for $965,000 (£590,430), topping the sale price for a guitar once owned by Eric Clapton which sold for $959,500 (£587,065) in 2004, reports Spin. The sale happened at Christie's in New York City and the guitar was bought by an absentee buyer. The instrument was sold with its original strap and hard shell case.

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The guitar that Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 has become the most expensive guitar ever to go up for auction.

The Fender Stratocaster was sold Friday (December 6) for $965,000 (£590,430), topping the sale price for a guitar once owned by Eric Clapton which sold for $959,500 (£587,065) in 2004, reports Spin. The sale happened at Christie’s in New York City and the guitar was bought by an absentee buyer. The instrument was sold with its original strap and hard shell case.

For almost half a century, the guitar was in the family of the late Vic Quinto, a private plane pilot, who worked for Dylan’s manager. The guitar was left in his plane and though he asked the management company what to do with the item, they failed to respond. Over this issue, a statement from Christie’s read: “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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