Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival Electric Guitar Sells For Close To $1 Million At Auction

In early December of 2013, a 1964 Fender Stratocaster that belonged to Bob Dylan became the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction, going for $965,000. It was the guitar that Dylan used at the Newport Folk Festival on July 7th, 1965. The concert is famously known for Dylan transitioning from acoustic folk to electric rock, where he was searching for a “wild, mercury sound.” Guitarist Al Kooper and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band backed Mr Dylan for the three electrified songs at the festival.

“I did this very crazy thing,” Dylan said at the time. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, but they certainly booed, I’ll tell you that. You could hear it all over the place.”

In the clip above, Christie’s specialist Tom Lecky explains the significance of the guitar, the guitar case and a brief background of the festival. If you would like to read more about the importance of the guitar and the history of Mr. Dylan’s performance, check out the Christie’s Lot Description page.

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Upcoming Events:

Date
Event
Tickets
Sunday,
Oct 26th
Bob Dylan at Dolby Theatre (formerly Kodak Theatre) in Los Angeles
Tuesday,
Oct 28th
Bob Dylan at Paramount Theatre – Oakland in Oakland
Wednesday,
Oct 29th
Bob Dylan at Paramount Theatre – Oakland in Oakland
Thursday,
Oct 30th
Bob Dylan at Paramount Theatre – Oakland in Oakland
Saturday,
Nov 1st
Bob Dylan at Bellco Theatre (Formerly Wells Fargo Theatre) in Denver
Tuesday,
Nov 4th
Bob Dylan at Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis in Minneapolis
Wednesday,
Nov 5th
Bob Dylan at Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis in Minneapolis
Thursday,
Nov 6th
Bob Dylan at Orpheum Theatre – Minneapolis in Minneapolis
Saturday,
Nov 8th
Bob Dylan at Cadillac Palace in Chicago
Sunday,
Nov 9th
Bob Dylan at Cadillac Palace in Chicago
Monday,
Nov 10th
Bob Dylan at Cadillac Palace in Chicago
Wednesday,
Nov 12th
Bob Dylan at State Theatre – Cleveland in Cleveland
Friday,
Nov 14th
Bob Dylan at Orpheum Theatre – Boston in Boston
Saturday,
Nov 15th
Bob Dylan at Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence
Monday,
Nov 17th
Bob Dylan at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (formerly Hummingbird Centre) in Toronto
Tuesday,
Nov 18th
Bob Dylan at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts (formerly Hummingbird Centre) in Toronto
Friday,
Nov 21st
Bob Dylan at Academy Of Music in Philadelphia
Saturday,
Nov 22nd
Bob Dylan at Academy Of Music in Philadelphia
Sunday,
Nov 23rd
Bob Dylan at Academy Of Music in Philadelphia
Tuesday,
Nov 25th
Bob Dylan at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington
Wednesday,
Nov 26th
Bob Dylan at New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Prudential Hall in Newark
Friday,
Nov 28th
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre – NY in New York
Friday,
Nov 28th
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre in New York
Saturday,
Nov 29th
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre – NY in New York
Saturday,
Nov 29th
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre in New York
Monday,
Dec 1st
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre – NY in New York
Monday,
Dec 1st
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre in New York
Tuesday,
Dec 2nd
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre – NY in New York
Tuesday,
Dec 2nd
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre in New York
Wednesday,
Dec 3rd
Bob Dylan at Beacon Theatre – NY in New York