Posted in music on December 8, 2013

by Wyatt Marshall

Dylan's guitar

Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster that he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold at auction for a cool $965,000, the peak of a string of high profile music-related auctions held last week. The guitar was the axe Dylan used the first time he went electric in a live setting, an occasion that may or may not have elicited boos from the crowd in attendance (a 24-year old Dylan said they "certainly booed"). It was also the first time Dylan performed with a backing band. The auction marked the highest price ever paid for a guitar, electric or otherwise. Sorry, Eric Clapton, Blackie only sold for $959,500.

Bruce Springsteen didn't fare too badly at auction either. His handwritten lyrics for "Born to Run", which apparently are quite different from the lyrics to the finished song, sold for $197,000 just the day before the Dylan Stratocaster sale. Also for sale that day were some Mick Jagger love letters and a letter from John Lennon. Last time Mick's love scribbles went up for auction, they sold for over $300,000. Those letters were addressed to Marsha Hunt, Jagger's former muse/lover who is said to be the inspiration for "Brown Sugar".

As the New York Daily News put it, "Tramps like us, baby we were born to bid." SMDH.

Bruce Springsteen recently announced yet another new album.

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Comments (3)

how much did DIIV's used heroin needles go for?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2013 9:34 AM

^ you can't put a price on that shit man. come on!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2013 11:15 AM

I often think of the 2437 university professors and literary critics who have claimed in the last 2 decades " Its not probable that William Shakespeare wrote all the plays ,poems and sonnets attributed to his name" One reason, they aren't in a similar vein, the vast amount of material composed is too much for one man in a lifetime, (and such).

Posted by Hana | October 28, 2014 5:55 PM

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