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Bob Dylan's Famous Newport Folk Festival Strat Heading to Auction


On December 6, the sunburst Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan famously "plugged in" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival will be auctioned off at Christie's in New York City, Rolling Stone reports.

The guitar is expected to bring in as much as $500,000, according to the Associated Press. It will be auctioned along with five sheets of handwritten and typed lyrics that would eventually wind up in "In the Darkness of Your Room," "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and other legendary Dylan tunes. The lyrics are estimated at between $3,000 and $5,000; they were found inside the Strat case.

The famous guitar — the one with which Dylan "went electric" — has spent the past 50 or so years with the New Jersey family of Vic Quinto, a pilot who worked with Dylan's manager. As the legend goes, Dylan accidentally left the Strat on the plane Quinto was flying and, according to his daughter, Dawn Paterson, Dylan's management company never responded to Quinto's questions about what to do with the guitar.

Although Dylan's camp originally denied the authenticity of the guitar, Paterson had it examined and certified on PBS's History Detectives TV show last year (Check out the video below). In July 2013, Paterson ended a legal dispute with Dylan that allowed her to sell the guitar and lyrics.

Stay tuned for more details as we get them!