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Published: 2013/07/02

Bob Dylan’s Newport Folk Guitar Will Be Auctioned

After several legal disputes, the iconic guitar that Bob Dylan used when he “plugged in” at Newport Folk Festival in 1965 is going up for auction. The Fender Stratocaster was lost soon after the festival and eventually ended up in New Jersey, where resident Dawn Peterson’s family has owned it for several decades. Dylan claimed the guitar as his after Peterson appeared on the PBS show¬†_History Detectives_, but eventually settled with her.

The auction will also include the sale of handwritten Dylan lyrics that were found in the guitar case. The lyrics include fragments that became the songs “Just Like a Woman,” “Temporary Like Achilles” and the Blonde on Blonde outtake “Medicine Sunday.”

According to History Detectives, the guitar could fetch $500,000 and the lyrics could be worth $50,000.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

Katie July 2, 2013, 17:10:59

The fact that this woman has anything to do with this sale is nonsense. She needs to stop being a greedy, pathetic loser who wants money that isn’t hers. That guitar belongs to Dylan and EVERY SINGLE PERSON besides this trash knows it. She’s disgusting.

Jay Sweet July 2, 2013, 17:54:33

The guitar should be donated to the non-profit of the Newport Folk Festival !!!!

me July 2, 2013, 18:58:31

@Katie… Absolutely disagree with you 100%... did you watch History Detectives? Plain and simple, her father was the rightful owner of that guitar… something that Dylan never worried about until she came to light asking about it… She’s deserving of every penny she gets and Dylan should be ashamed at how he handled the issue, as should you…

Dylan July 3, 2013, 10:00:41

@ me. I wouldn’t go that far. How are you, or is anyone sure that Dylan didn’t try to find the guitar after he left in on the plane? Because her father said he tried to get in touch w/ someone? At the end of the day, Dylan’s attorney’s did say that he was the rightful owner and that the guitar should be returned. I’m in the agreement that it should have been and STILL should be. Even more so now that there’s proof that it is the guitar he played on Stage in Newport.

me July 3, 2013, 10:28:39

@Dylan… fair enough, but at some point you need to make a rational judgement call… Dylan is notoriously, shall we say, “stand-offish”... add that to the fact that nothing suggested that the man was anything but honest in his attempts to return it and the fact that Dylan’s camp acknowledged that the family tried to contact them… to me, that suggests that Dylan was at fault… now, that likely means little in the litigious world we live in, but outside of that ugly world, it seems that until the woman tried to sell it Dylan’s camp couldn’t give her two seconds… then she goes out of her way to authenticate it before sale… finds that it is likely THE guitar, and then they scream foul… very tacky IMO... and, really, while I think an agreement was the best possible outcome, I find comments like Katie’s classless…

lovejahlive July 3, 2013, 10:35:25

It’s all about keeping track of your own shit… I think 45 years is a reasonable amount of time to consider it ‘yours’.

dk green July 21, 2013, 23:32:06

Katie, You seem to be a loser that has nothing to do in life but to comment and follow blogs, you are disgusting and apparently don’t have a life of your own, and if you had something in your family for 47 years, I believe that you would consider it yours too, not only that but no one would have ever seen this guitar again, if she hadn’t thought maybe it could be that guitar and brought it to the public. GET A LIFE!

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