Could you imagine getting your hands on Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster? Better yet, could you imagine owning one of the most iconic instruments in music history? Well, you missed your chance. This past weekend, Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster, strummed for the first time at his 1965 Newport Folk Festival, sold for a record-breaking $965,000 at an auction according to the Associated Press.
The Fender Strat holds the record as the most expensive guitar ever auctioned. Craziest part? Christie's auction house wasn't even expecting it to auction off for nearly that much. Estimates prior to the auction guessed an auction price between $300,000 and $500,000, but were awestruck with the nearly-double amount it went for.
The history of the guitar may be the most interesting aspect of the story. Dylan left the Strat on a private plane while traveling almost fifty years ago. The guitar was discovered in the private plane and Dylan's management was notified of the misplaced guitar. The pilot received no response from Dylan, so the guitar found a new home with the pilot's family and was officially authenticated last year when the pilot's daughter brought the guitar on PBS's History Detectives television program.
Although the details of who the new owner of the Strat remain unknown, I think we can all agree on one thing: he or she is one lucky duck.
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