Bob Dylan guitar fetches S$665,000 at auction

A Bob Dylan/Robbie Robertson 1965 Fender Telecaster guitar is displayed along with other items during a media preview in New York, on May 14, 2018.
A Bob Dylan/Robbie Robertson 1965 Fender Telecaster guitar is displayed along with other items during a media preview in New York, on May 14, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan's artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched US$495,000 (S$665,000) at auction on Saturday (May 19).

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 US$400,000 and US$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 US$40,000 Hofner Club 40, and a Fender Telecaster rosewood guitar made for Elvis Presley in 1968, priced at a cool US$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 US$354,400.

A star-shaped diamond ring donated by Elvis to an admirer at a concert in 1975 brought in a sparkly US$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 US$217,600, Julien said.