Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival Electric Guitar Going to Auction


The 1965 Fender Telecaster Bob Dylan used during his first electric tour will be put on auction again after been sold in once before in 2013.

The block as part of Julien’s Auctions’ upcoming Music Icons sale, set to take place May 19th. The instrument is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Indian College Fund.

The headliner of this blockbuster auction will be one of the most historically important guitars in rock history, a 1965 Fender Telecaster electric guitar, played by two of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time.

Recently A 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar played by Bob Dylan at the Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue sold at auction Saturday for nearly $400,000, watch here

Pop culture icon Bob Dylan and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legendary songwriter and guitarist, Robbie Robertson. The legendary instrument first came onto the music scene making history as the guitar played by acoustic folk icon Bob Dylan on his first tour “going electric” with the Hawks in 1966; his backing band would become famously renamed and revered as The Band. Played by Robbie Robertson on classic compositions such as “Up on Cripple Creek”, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” and by Dylan on the revolutionary 1966 Blonde on Blonde, Robertson said “This guitar has been on the front lines of so many phenomenal events, I gaze at it with amazement.” The guitar was also played extensively by other music legends including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Levon Helm, defining the sound of some of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. folk

Dylan used the Telecaster throughout the Sixties and Seventies, sharing it with its longtime owner, Band singer-guitarist Robbie Robertson. The instrument has undergone several modifications over the years, with Robertson most notably stripping its original black finish to bare wood in 1970. (The guitar is different from the Stratocaster Dylan played at his 1965 set at Newpork Folk Festival, which sold at auction in 2013 for $965,000.)


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