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Dylan's Newport Guitar Sells for $965,000

Updated: 12/07/2013 11:50 AM
Created: 12/06/2013 2:02 PM WDIO.com

NEW YORK (AP) - The guitar that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival has been sold at auction for a record $965,000.

Christie's auction house is not identifying the absentee buyer who purchased the instrument Friday. Christie's says it is the highest price ever paid for a guitar sold at auction.

The Newport festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan's move from acoustic folk to electric rock 'n' roll.

The guitar has been in the possession of a New Jersey family for nearly 50 years. Dylan left it on a private plane.

The auction also offered five lots of hand- and typewritten lyric fragments found inside the guitar case. But only one of them sold. It went for $20,000.

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