Bob Dylan guitar fetches US$495,000 at auction

Bob Dylan’s music was often backed by a Fender Telecaster. (AFP pic)

LOS ANGELES: A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan’s artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched US$495,000 (RM1.969 million) at auction on Saturday.

The guitar, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Robbie Robertson, Dylan’s guitarist, was used by Dylan, Eric Clapton, and George Harrison, Julien’s Auctions said on Saturday.

It had been expected to fetch between US$400,000 (RM1.6 million) and $600,000 (RM2.4 million).

The guitar marked the singer’s path from pure folk music like “The Times They Are A-Changin'” (1964), to folk rock, like his 1965 hit “Like a Rolling Stone.”

Other famous guitars went under the hammer on Saturday: George Harrison’s first electric guitar, a US$40,000 (RM160,000) Hofner Club 40, and a Fender Telecaster rosewood guitar made for Elvis Presley in 1968, priced at a cool US$115,200 (RM458,700).

More than 40 years after his death, Elvis items still fetch a handsome price.

A heavily decorated Elvis belt, which he wore during a concert in Hawaii in 1972, sold for US$354,400 (RM1.411 million).

A star-shaped diamond ring donated by Elvis to an admirer at a concert in 1975 brought in a sparkly US$100,000 (RM400,000).

The sale also included show costumes that belonged to artists ranging from Elton John to Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

A leather jacket and pants suit from the late “Thriller” singer, with a yellow shirt, brought in US$217,600 (RM866,400), Julien said.