Bob Dylan's 'Judas' Guitar Up For Auction

The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan infamously played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 is set to hit the auction block. The instrument, which heralded Dylan's electric turn and subsequent backlash from fans, one of whom unceremoniously yelled "Judas" at the singer, is expected to fetch up to $500,000.

The guitar was discovered to be in the possession of New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson during an episode of the program History Detectives on PBS.

After the discovery, Dylan claimed that the guitar still belonged to him, but an ensuing legal tussle ended in an undisclosed settlement. In any case, Peterson retained possession of it.

Speaking with Rolling Stone, she says she hopes the instrument ends up in a museum:

"I would feel unsafe hanging it on a wall now, after all this went on. I would have to pay to keep it locked up, and I want somebody else to enjoy it. I'm hoping it goes to a museum so it can be shared with everybody."

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