Over the course of his career, Bob Dylan has influenced musicians across several genres of music. Now, part of his musical legacy has been sold to an anonymous buyer through Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. The performer’s 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar was sold for an impressive $396,500 at the auction house and boasts an equally impressive history. According to Heritage Auctions, the guitar’s provenance places it in Dylan’s hands in New York in 1971 during his set at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
The owner of the guitar was Dylan’s repairman, Larry Cragg, who purchased the guitar from the singer in 1977 for $500. The receipt was provided in the auction as proof of provenance.
Of the preservation methods used to store the guitar, Heritage said, "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."
Some of Dylan's more eclectic works were recently released in the Sony Bootleg Series with his Christian and gospel works from 1979-1981 recently being released on the compilation set "Trouble No More." This collection contains eight CDs and one DVD of the singer's work from what's considered the most controversial period of his career. This deterrence from his usual sound and themes caused outrage and feelings of betrayal from Dylan devotees at the time the songs and albums were originally released. Now, the release of "Trouble No More" has had an unexpected positive reception with the deluxe edition containing two discs worth of rarities that enable the listener to hear the evolution of the songs.