Bob Dylan's Fender Stratocaster from 1965 Folk Fest Sells for $965,000

Posted on December 6, 2013 | by Amber von Nagel

The 1964 Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold for $965,000 through Christie's Auction House on Friday, December 6.

The Strat's sale broke the world auction record for a guitar. The record was previously held by Eric Clapton's Fender Stratocaster, which sold for $959,500 in 2004. Dylan's Strat, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by Dylan and his band in the months after the Newport Folk Festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan items in New York.

Dylan's use of the electric guitar at the 1965 concert shocked folk traditionalists in attendance, who were expecting an acoustic set from the folk troubadour. "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."

The video above features snippets of Dylan's infamous 1965 Newport Folk Festival performance.

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