A legendary guitar owned by Bob Dylan has sold at auction for nearly $1 million.
The Jewish musicman made history in 1965, famously taking his set electric for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival.
The Fender Stratocaster Dylan used for the performance went for $965,000 at a Christie’s sale Friday, the highest figure a guitar has ever brought in at auction. An anonymous individual was the buyer.
The Newport performance took Dylan away from his traditional acoustic tones and launched him into the world of electric rock, a change that can be heard evolving from the classic “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Like a Rolling Stone.”
The three-song performance was booed by audience members and Dylan was branded a sellout by many, but the date has gone down in music history.
Christie’s originally estimated the piece would go for $300,000 to $500,000.
The guitar was owned by a New Jersey family for decades, after Dylan left the item on a private plane. The plane’s pilot contacted the singer’s management to get the guitar back to its rightful owner, but the calls were never returned.
Eric Clapton’s Fender, called “Blackie,” previously held the record for highest auction price tag for a guitar, bringing in $959,500 in 2004.