Dylan’s guitar sells for $965,000
The Fender Stratocaster that Bob Dylan plugged in when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold Friday for nearly $1 million – the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.
Christie’s auction house did not immediately identify the absentee buyer who agreed to pay $965,000 for the sunburst-finish guitar.
Dylan’s legendary performance at the festival in Rhode Island 48 years ago marked his rupture with the folk movement’s old guard and solidified his shift away from acoustic music to electric rock ’n’ roll.
Iconic restaurant for sale
An iconic restaurant in Saratoga Springs whose owners include “Entourage” actors Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon has been put up for sale.
Amy Sutton, a real estate agent for Roohan Realty of Saratoga Springs, tells the Daily Gazette of Schenectady that the 75-year-old Siro’s restaurant has an asking price of $1.85 million.
The restaurant next door to Saratoga Race Course was sold in 2010 to Racing Restaurants of America, a New York-based partnership that includes jockey John Velasquez and Connolly and Dillon, two of the stars of “Entourage,” the HBO series that ended its eight-season run in 2011.
Director dies in home invasion
Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model.”
The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.
Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.
A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.
The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.
Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.
No arrests have been made.
Bocelli backs research
Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli says he might one day get to use the tools that researchers around the world are developing with support from the foundation that bears his name.
Scientists and engineers working on high-tech hardware and software to help people with low or no vision make their way through the world gathered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday to share some of what they’re working on.
Technology on display included a smartphone app that uses a camera, accelerometer and compass to help a blind person navigate an intersection, a computer vision program that can read body language, and retinal prostheses to replace damaged photoreceptors.
The daylong workshop was organized by MIT and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, launched in 2011 to focus on poverty, illiteracy and the disabled.