NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster made rock history when he played it at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Now it is again set to make news when it goes on the auction block, where it could sell for half a million dollars.
The festival was a defining moment that marked Dylan's move from acoustic folk to electric rock 'n' roll.
Now viewed as a moment that irrevocably changed American music, Dylan's three-song electric set at the Rhode Island festival was met by boos from folk purists who viewed him as a traitor. He returned for an acoustic encore with "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue."
The presale estimate by Christie's auction house for the guitar, which is being sold Friday with its original black leather strap and Fender hard shell case, is $300,000 to $500,000. The current record for a guitar sold at auction is Eric Clapton's Fender, nicknamed "Blackie," which sold at Christie's for $959,500 in 2004.
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