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Mystery surrounds Dylan's Newport Folk Festival guitar

A New Jersey woman who has discovered she might own the electric guitar Bob Dylan plugged in and played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is considering selling the fabled instrument.

Dylan's aides insist Dawn Peterson's find can't be one the folk rock legend left behind after his Newport show, where he first went electric, because the singer/songwriter still owns the guitar -- but experts working with the TV show "History Detectives" beg to differ.

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And they insist the guitar could fetch more than $1 million at auction if Peterson decides to sell it.

She claims she had no idea the instrument her father, a private pilot for Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, found onboard his plane was perhaps Dylan's until the history experts alerted her to the fact she might have a treasure in her home.

Peterson tells Rolling Stone magazine, "[My father] saw there were three guitars left on the plane. He contacted the company a few times about picking the guitars up, but nobody ever got back to him."

But Dylan's lawyer, Orin Snyder, tells the publication there's no way the instrument can be his client's most famous guitar, even though it came in a case containing the singer/songwriter's scribbles and has been verified as the guitar the star strummed at Newport by "History Detectives" experts.

He says, "Bob has possession of the electric guitar he played at the Newport Folk Festival.

"He did own several other Stratocaster guitars that were stolen from him around that time, as were some handwritten lyrics."

Jul 23, 2012 9:24AM
Want to bet that like many of us who were around in 1965 Bob can't remember which guitar he played on any given day any more than he can remember what he had for lunch last Tuesday?
Jul 23, 2012 6:19AM
they were not important enough for them to go get after being notified by the pilot they had left them behind,so they were abandoned,not stole.
Jul 23, 2012 5:18AM
I saw History Detectives recently and I do believe in their investigative reputation.  No one picked up the guitar as requested in their reply to her father's letter, indicating that they also believed at the time the guitar was Dylan's.  If the guitar and other items were stolen, why wasn't it reported to the police? After a period of time most items are considered abandoned property.  Just let the lady sell the guitar at auction.
Jul 23, 2012 5:16AM
What's it to Dylan anyway?  Why insist it is not the guitar?  Just let the woman get a nice break in life by selling it.  If it's not  the guitar; then, it's meaningless to him.    He's acting  like a grumpy old man.
Jul 23, 2012 4:35AM

I would be VERY disappointed if Bob Dylan made false claims regarding the instrument.

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