This morning’s newspaper reports that a guitar owned by Bob Dylan was sold at auction for almost $400,000. Heritage Auctions sold the 1962 Martin D-28 which Dylan played during his mid-70s Rolling Thunder Revue to an anonymous buyer. It was also the guitar he played at the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, ie that triple-album set everyone owns but no one ever actually plays.
Side five of the set is all Dylan, and actually more enjoyable than most other officially-released live recordings from the era. Several of the Barry Feinstein photographs of Dylan inside the set were re-used by Columbia Records for the jacket to Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Volume II the same year. They were taken during the soundcheck at Madison Square Garden.
The guitar was sold by Dylan to Larry Cragg, a legendary luthier and guitar tech, for $500 in 1977. He told the Associated Press that he believed “its kind of past being a guitar now. It’s the kind of thing that you’d think people would put in a glass case or in a museum somewhere.” It’s price fell far short of the $1 million paid for the Fender Stratocaster Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. That guitar now belongs to the billionaire owner of the Indianapolis Colts, who has also purchased guitars belonging to Elvis Presley, Prince and others, in addition to original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.