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Bob Dylan's Historic 1963 Martin Sells for $396,000

(Image credit: Photo Courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

A historic 1963 Martin that Bob Dylan played for over a decade—including his full set at George Harrison's legendary Concert for Bangladesh in 1971—has sold at auction for $396,000.

The auction for the guitar was held by Heritage Auctions, and took place on November 11 in Dallas. It was only the second known Dylan guitar to ever go to auction. The winning bidder requested to remain anonymous.

Dylan sold the guitar to his longtime guitar repairman, Larry Cragg, in 1977. Cragg has kept the guitar in a humidity-controlled environment, with loosened strings, ever since.

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watch a video of Dylan playing the guitar in question below.

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.