What a bargain! Experts estimate, that for as little as $500,000 you might be able to snatch Bob Dylan’s first electric guitar. Yes, that legendary Sunburst Fender Stratocaster he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 for three songs, before he got booed by die-hard acoustic folk fans who viewed this as an act of blasphemy. Well, if you are looking for a special Christmas gift, you should mark December 6th, 2013 on your calendar and make sure that you show up on time for the auction at Christie’s in NYC.
But actually, you may also be fortunate enough to get your hands on same super rare – well, actually unique – historic documents. The inside of the guitar case revealed several lots of lyric fragments; they are all legit, meaning authentic, and contain both hand and typewritten lines of Bob Dylan’s early works. Price point: anywhere from $3,000 to $30,000.
Now, this begs the question: why and how did Dylan’s first electric guitar turn up all of a sudden and out of the blue? Apparently, for the past 50 years a New Jersey family was in possession of the instrument. The instrument was left on a private plane. The owner did contact Dylan’s management but never received a response.
Last year, the authenticity of the guitar was confirmed by two renowned experts who had absolutely no doubt that this was in fact Dylan’s guitar. So far so good, however, there is a little bit of controversy to this story. The owner and Dylan had to settle their legal differences first – however, all that has been straightened out now and therefore there is no reason to be concerned that there will be any issues with the auction. That, at least, is what Christie’s recently issues in a statement.
Alright, while I do like Mr. Dylan’s music a lot, I won’t necessarily consider myself a “fan”. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about competing with me for this precious instrument. Aside from that, after checking my account balance, it seems that my funds might just not be sufficient to pony up enough cash for Bob Dylan’s very first electric guitar. Oh well…..