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Bob Dylan's Concert for Bangladesh acoustic guitar sells for $400,000 at auction

  • News Desk,
    Published: 2017-11-13 04:32:44 BdST

George Harrison and Bob Dylan at the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. Photo: 20th Century Fox via Star Tribune

The acoustic guitar owned by Bob Dylan and played by the American music icon at George Harrison's historic Concert for Bangladesh has sold for nearly $400,000 at an auction.

An anonymous bidder purchased the instrument from the Heritage Auctions at $396,000, much higher than the auction house's expectation, on Saturday, reports the Rolling Stone.   

"Dylan notably used the guitar while performing at George Harrison's famed Concert for Bangladesh in New York as well as in the mid-Seventies while touring with his Rolling Thunder Revue," the magazine wrote.

Former Beatles lead guitarist Harrison and legendary Indian sitar maestro Ravi Shankar organised the concert in New York during Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971 to raise funds for the refugees who fled genocide by Pakistani forces and their local collaborators to India. 

In 1977, Dylan decided to play Gibsons instead of Martins so he sold the D-28 to Larry Cragg, a noted guitar tech and musician, according to the page Heritage Auctions opened on its website for the guitar.

"According to Cragg, he has kept the guitar in a humidity-controlled environment, with loosened strings for the forty years it's been in his possession, and it has not been played since it was wielded by Bob Dylan in 1977," Heritage Auctions said of the guitar.