By Josh Saunders
Bob Dylan’s fender guitar used to record ‘one of the greatest albums of all time’ could be A-CHANGING hands as it goes under the hammer.
Personally-owned by the star, his 1965 Fender Electric XII is expected to break records after one previously sold for half a million dollars with Heritage Auctions.
The 12-string instrument was used to record the double LP Blonde on Blonde – it is believed to be one of the best albums ever released and at auction could ‘rewrite music history’.
The masterpiece achieved double platinum status and two of the songs from the sessions made Rolling Stone Magazine’s prestigious ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.
The sunburst-finish guitar, with the serial number L72261, was used during the initial writing and recording sessions in New York – and currently has an opening bid of $150,000 (113kGBP).
Other items included: Dylan’s owned and signed harmonica and neck-stand, a gold album of Blonde on Blonde for breaking a sales record, rare acetates and sheet music, and more.
The pieces will be auctioned off in Dallas, Texas and online, this weekend (March 16 -17).
Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia, said: “During those initial sessions in late 1965, Dylan played a host of Fenders, including a Stratocaster and a Fender Electric XII.
“While many of the guitars are recognized as production models, his Electric XII is an incredibly rare specimen.
“The 12 string was Fender’s idea of getting electric rock and roll and folk together, 12 strings were acoustic guitars this is one of the first 12 strings to come out electric.
“What better person than Bob Dylan who had been folk and electric.
“Dylan’s management looked over the guitar and case beside knowing it’s authentic, it also has the company stamp for the touring company.
“Five years ago, a Fender Stratocaster with the same stamp sold for $900,000 (680kGBP) and some change.
“We are so lucky to have all the Dylan acetates and sheet music, as well as the Blonde on Blonde Gold Award.
“Judging by the holes in the award it was probably screwed on the wall in Columbia Records in New York or LA.
“With the acetates, there are a lot of obscure stuff even though he recorded it in 1962-1963, it didn’t appear on some compilations until 40 years later.
“The guitar was given to Bob Dylan right when fender started making them to bring folk and rock together, I like that whole idea.
“I think I would have been 15 then with a little band, and now here I am at 67 with this guitar is in my hands.
“It’s incredible, I thought about this instrument over 50 years ago and now I had the pleasure of holding it.
“It’s very moving and very exciting to be able to offer this piece to people and know someone will be equally blown away by having it.”
The guitar includes a signed letter of authenticity from Jody Carver, former Fender Liaison and employee in various roles from 1949 through the mid-1970s.
Her letter states: “Due to my knowledge of musicians and studios in the Northeast, I was Fender’s first choice for supplying artists …
“I have inspected the 1965 Fender Electric XII … serial no L72261, and can confirm (Due to the unique wood grain figuring at the end of the fingerboard) that this was the instrument given to Bob Dylan by the Fender company, and is the one that can be seen on the Bob Dylan sessions in Columbia Studios attended by myself and my nephew Artie Martello in 1965.”
Also up for grabs is a Traveling Wilburys Vinyl signed by Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, George Harrison and Jeff Lynne also carries an estimate of $5,000 (3.78kGBP).
Bob Dylan’s promotional stand-up counter display as well as handbills for a rare the singer and Joan Baez and for his Carnegie Champ hall could individually fetch $1,000 (£760) each.
Garry said: “We have an insane poster and concert poster collection, they are the art of the future.
“People are now realising that they are way rarer than comic books, baseball cards or movie posters as not many were made.
“Only a few ticket agencies in the local town, so often there are only one, two or three in existence.”
Acetates and sheet music for a range of hits including: Mr Tambourine Man, Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changing and more, could each sell for $1,000 (£760).
Garry said: “They are acetates, so petroleum based, cut right-off the masters when getting copyright on the songs.
“These acetates coming up now is mind boggling, the consignor who brought them in, she came across all this stuff in an empty storage unit, she didn’t have a clue what she had.”
Garry has high hopes for the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction, set to happen this weekend in Dallas, Texas, and online.
He said: “A lot of people grew-up with Bob Dylan in junior high or high school and through the years those songs meant something to them.
“Now they have great jobs with extra money and want something on wall of their office or something added to their collection that was close to the artist.
“Bob was this prolific writer, he could write like a mad man and the things that came out of his head were mindboggling.
“When you look into his lyrics, how deep and unusual they are, it’s great and brilliant stuff.”
For more information or to bid visit, www.ha.com.