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Bob Dylan's guitar sells for nearly a million dollars

The electric guitar Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, when the acoustic troubadour shocked traditionalists with a set of rock and roll, sold for $965,000 (£590,000), a world auction record for a guitar, Christie's said.

Bob Dylan's 1964 Fender Stratocaster. Credit: APTN

The 1964 Fender Stratocaster, along with five song lyrics left on a private airplane by the songwriter and his band in the months after the Rhode Island festival, were part of six lots in a special sale of Dylan material in New York.

"A tremendous amount of international interest was generated at the time of the sale's announcement, and today's result justifies the mythic status of this guitar in the annals of music history," Tom Lecky, a specialist at Christie's, said in a statement.

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Bob Dylan investigated over alleged racist comments

The American singer Bob Dylan is being investigated in France after a Croatian community organisation alleged that comments he made to Rolling Stone magazine last year amounted to incitement to racial hatred, Paris prosecutors have said.

Bob Dylan is under investigation by French police.

In the interview, published in the magazine's September 27, 2012 edition, the singer said racism was holding America back.

The formal investigation followed a legal complaint from the organization, CRICCF, which is based in France, alleging that the comments as carried in the French version of the magazine violated French racial hatred laws.

In France, racism complaints automatically trigger formal investigations, irrespective of the merits of the case.

Bob Dylan portraits to go on display in London

A collection of portraits by the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will go on display in London later this month.

The American artist, who wrote classics like Blowin' In The Wind and Like A Rolling Stone, has been painting since the late 1960s, but first exhibited his work six years ago.

Detail of 'Nina Felix' by Bob Dylan Credit: National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

The 12 portraits will go on public display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery.

They have been described as "an amalgamation of features the musician has collected from life, memory and his imagination and fashioned into people".

Detail of 'Skip Sharpe' by Bob Dylan Credit: National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Bob Dylan: Face Value, a free exhibition, runs from 24 August to 5 January 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery.