Dylan's harmonica sold at local town hall for £2.7k



2015-06-26 11:39:15

Dylan's harmonica sold at local town hall for 2.7k

Bob Dylan memorabilia is very rare - and one lucky buyer has snapped-up this item from the singer's legendary 1974 tour for a bargain price

An electrician from Norfolk, UK, has boughtlegendary folk singer Bob Dylan's harmonica for 2,700.

John Fellas beat other bidders from Britain and abroad, winning the instrument at an auction held in a church hall in Norwich, United Kingdom

The item vastly exceeded its guide price of 400-600.

"Dylan is an iconic star who plays the harmonica and Dylan memorabilia rarely comes up for sale - I think that's what has given this such a high price," said auctioneer Gary Barnes.

''I read about it in a local newspaper yesterday and I just had to have it,'' said Mr Fellas.

''I've just grown up with Dylan. I love him. And it's not every day you get a bit of Dylan memorabilia on sale in Norwich," he told journalist blogger Jason Bye.

He added: ''I've got a wife who thinks I'm mad. I haven't told her about this yet.''

Dylan had given the harmonica to an English member of his wardrobe department during his 1974 tour, said Mr Barnes.

"She told Dylan that her brother was a big fan and asked if he would autograph something for him," said Mr Barnes.

"She was expecting a menu or something, but Dylan gave her the harmonica and signed the case "to Bob" - ironically her brother's name.

"She was English and brought it back to England to give to her brother."

He died four of five years ago, and the harmonica was passed to a renowned private collector based in the Norwich area.

Around 50 serious buyers had expressed interest in the harmonica, from all around the world, according to Mr Barnes.

This is the first time that Mr Fellas has invested in a piece of Dylan memorabilia. He is a lifelong fan, and has seen the singer numerous times.

"I just love the lyrics," he added. "I think it's a generational thing. I've grown up with him. I love Bob's words."

Dylan memorabilia rarely comes up for sale, which makes this item so valued and unique.

"A lot of the people who expressed interest were particularly interested in it because it came from the '74 tour," said Mr Barnes.

"The 1974 tour was special and historic because he hadn't toured for some time and he was playing with The Band.

"But I actually think that, at 2,700, the buyer has got a bargain."

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