December 6, 2013 18:22

Bob Dylan's Newport Folk Festival guitar up for auction

The Fender Stratocaster saw the songwriter make the switch from acoustic to electric

Bob Dylan's Newport Folk Festival guitar up for auction

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The guitar that Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 is set to go up for auction.

The gig was seminal as it saw Dylan switch from acoustic folk music to a more electric rock style. The three songs that Dylan played on the sunburst Fender Stratocaster were notoriously met with boos from the more purist sections of the crowd.

The guitar is being auctioned by Christie's in New York and the auction house have put a pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000 (£183,453 to £305,754) on the guitar, reports Billboard. The sale is taking place today (December 6). The instrument is being sold with its original strap and hard shell case.

For almost half a century, the guitar has been 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 reads: "Representatives for Bob Dylan do not contest the sale of the guitar, and are aware of Christie's plan to bring it to auction."

Meanwhile, Bob Dylan was recently charged with incitement to hatred in France following comments he made about Croatians in a recent interview. The charges, brought forward by French judges, relate to an interview Dylan gave in the September issue of the French version of Rolling Stone magazine. In the article, he mentioned Croatia in the same sentence as the Nazi party. The American singer faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of €45,000 (£37,000) if found guilty.


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