Lot #148
Bob Dylan

Seven concert-used harmonicas from the Never Ending Tour, hand-labeled by Dylan’s guitar tech
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Seven concert-used harmonicas from the Never Ending Tour, hand-labeled by Dylan’s guitar tech

Seven stage-used Hohner harmonicas, (A, B, C, D, F, and two G), all used by Dylan during his 1992 world tour. Originating from Cesar Diaz, Dylan’s longtime guitar technician, the top surface of four of the seven harmonicas is marked in Diaz’s own writing with the corresponding key, with additional handprinted letters and numbers on the side of three of the harmonica’s plastic case, with Diaz erroniously placing a second G-harmonica as part of the set. Accompanied by a 1997 letter of authenticity from Diaz which reads: “This letter is to authenticate that this complete set of harmonicas A–G was owned and used on stage by Bob Dylan during his world tour of 1992.” Signed at the conclusion by Diaz and witnessed by Danny Perkins. In fine condition, with expected light wear from use and handling. Besides Dylan, Diaz worked with number of high profile musicians, most notably Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Neil Young. Diaz was also called into service as a guitarist in Dylan’s touring band in 1991, playing on nearly fifty dates after G. E. Smith left the band. Dylan began playing the harmonica in high school, and its distinct sound is prevalent in many of his early works. Collections of concert-used harps are quite difficult to find as they are usually broken up. RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music Auction
  • Dates: #425 - Ended March 20, 2014