Bob Dylan’s 1965 Fender Telecaster made Rock and Roll history. The Fender first belonged to the iconic Bob Dylan, who used it on his first tour “going electric” with The Hawks in 1966. Dylan’s band soon came to be known as The Band, and throughout the 60s and 70s played some of Rock’s most recognizable songs. Along with Dylan, the Fender was played by legends like Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Levon Helm, and others. The Fender was played in historic venues like Woodstock Isle of Wight, Festival Express, and Watkins Glen. Dylan used the guitar in many recordings, including Blonde on Blonde and The Basement Tapes. The Band’s Music from Big Pink and The Band also feature the Fender. In 1970, the Fender came into the possession of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legendary songwriter and guitarist Robbie Robertson. Robertson stripped off the guitar’s original black finish to reveal the wood body beneath. During The Band’s four-night stand at New York’s Academy of Music in December 1971, Dylan and Robertson both used the guitar.
The auction is part of the Music Icons event at the Hard Rock Café in New York and was put together by Julien’s Auctions. The event offers historical items from music legends and will include items from the life and career of Prince. The Fender is expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000. Part of the proceeds will go to benefit the American Indian College Fund.