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Guitar used by Bob Dylan to 'go electric' sets auction record

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock and roll, sold for $965,000 on Friday, a world auction record for a guitar, Christie's said. The 1964 Fender Stratocaster, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by the songwriter and his band in the months after the Rhode Island festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan material in New York.

Bob Dylan guitar sells for nearly $1mln in New York

An electric guitar on which Bob Dylan performed a legendary set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 sold for a record $965,000 at an auction in New York on Friday, Christie's announced. The price for the 1964 Fender Stratocaster smashed its pre-sale estimate of $300,000-$500,000 and made it the most expensive guitar ever sold at auction, Christie's said. The identity of the private buyer was not revealed.

Dylan puts interactive video spin on 'Like a Rolling Stone'

Bob Dylan put a 21st-century interactive spin on a 48-year-old song that many consider his greatest composition when he released an official video for "Like a Rolling Stone." Posted on bobdylan.com, it invites viewers to channel-surf between mock TV shows where the song is lip-synched by newscasters, reality TV stars, tennis players, fashionistas, game show hosts and a levitating cartoon cat, among others. Dylan himself appears on a "Music 1 Classics" channel in vintage footage, performing the song in concert in 1966 alongside his background band The Hawks.

Sheets like metal - Dylan tries hand at welding in new art venture

LONDON (Reuters) - Bob Dylan has swapped his guitar for a blowtorch for his latest artistic endeavor, welding massive iron gates from scrap metal that went on show in London on Thursday. The "Mood Swings" exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in central London marks the U.S. singer-songwriter's transition to a new form of art after publicly displaying his paintings for the past several years.

A Minute With: Director David O. Russell on music in film

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frank Sinatra's baritone slowly fades into a tango, which eventually makes way to the soul music of Stevie Wonder, the frenetic rock of The White Stripes and finally into Dave Brubeck's cool jazz version of the "West Side Story" song "Maria." That is just part of the dozen songs weaved together in the climactic dance scene in director David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated film "Silver Linings Playbook."

Bob Dylan guitar under New York hammer for $500,000

Bob Dylan's electric guitar, on which he performed a career-defining set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, is going under the hammer in New York for $500,000. Christie's will auction off the 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar on December 6 with five newly discovered Dylan song lyrics dating back to 1965-66. Christie's expects the guitar to fetch $300,000 to $500,000, and the lyrics $3,000 to $30,000. The three-song electric set at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island saw a 24-year-old Dylan evolve from folk-protest singer into an enigmatic rock legend.

Bob Dylan guitar under New York hammer for $500,000

Bob Dylan's electric guitar, on which he performed a career-defining set at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, is going under the hammer in New York for $500,000. Christie's will auction off the 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar on December 6 with five newly discovered Dylan song lyrics dating back to 1965-66. Christie's expects the guitar to fetch $300,000 to $500,000, and the lyrics $3,000 to $30,000. The three-song electric set at the Newport Folk Festival on Rhode Island saw a 24-year-old Dylan evolve from folk-protest singer into an enigmatic rock legend.

Dylan's 1965 Newport festival guitar, used when he went electric, to be auctioned in NYC

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The sunburst Fender Stratocaster that a young Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival when he famously went electric, perhaps the most historic instrument in rock 'n' roll, is coming up for auction, where it could bring as much as half a million dollars.

Bob Dylan the painter on show in Milan

A little known side of famous US singer Bob Dylan has gone on show in Milan this week -- a series of paintings of New Orleans that the Pulitzer Prize-winning artist produced between 2008 and 2011. The film noir-like "New Orleans" series harks back to the city as it was in the 1940s and 1950s, with one painting showing a woman trying to break up a fight between two raincoat-clad hoodlums. Dylan began painting at the height of his music career in the 1960s but has only relatively recently returned to the visual arts, publishing three collections of drawings since 1994.
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