via SPIN Julien's Auctions held a Music Icons Event this past Saturday at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC. As expected the rare, 1965 Fender Telecaster went for big bucks that Bob Dylan played on stage during the infamous Newport Folk Festival "going electric incident" and subsequent, first "Electric" Tour. The guitar was previously in the collection of Dylan's old friend, colleague and sometime bandmate, Robbie Robertson. The axe had been heavily modified and stripped down to bare wood decades ago by Robertson. It was featured on some iconic records too. Including Blonde on Blonde and The Basement Tapes. Robertson played it on the Band’s classic albums Music From Big Pink and The Band. It also found it's way into the capable hands of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton.
The instrument ended up going for $490,000 at auction, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the American Indian College Fund.