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Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000

NEW YORK—A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan’s artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched a half 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 Saturday.

It had been expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

The guitar marked the singer’s path from folk stylings like “The Times They Are A-Changin’” (1964), to electric 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 $40,000 Hofner Club 40, and a Fender Telecaster rosewood guitar made for Elvis Presley in 1968, priced at a cool $115,200.

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 $354,400.

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

The sale also included show costumes that belonged to artists 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 $217,600, Julien said.

Topics: Bob Dylan , guitar , 1965 Fender Telecaster , Robbie Robertson , Eric Clapton , Like a Rolling Stone , Elvis Presley
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