KFIX Rock News: Handwritten Bob Dylan Lyrics Could Bring $2 Million At Auction
Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics to his 1965 hit “Like a Rolling Stone” could fetch between $1 million and $2 million at an auction today at Sotheby’s in New York City.
The classic lyrics are written in pencil on four pages of letterhead paper from the Hotel Roger Smith in Washington, D.C.
In addition to four long stanzas and the repeated chorus, the pages also include additional personal notes and doodles.
“Like a Rolling Stone” was Dylan’s first true pop hit. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept out of the top spot by The Beatles’ “Help.”
Rather than being a short, sweet love song, like so many pop hits of the day, the track ran for more than six minutes and featured Dylan angrily criticizing a female character.
In 2011, “Like a Rolling Stone” landed at #1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list.
“This is the Holy Grail of rock lyrics,” says Sotheby’s executive Richard Austin, who’s overseeing the auction. “The release of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ irreversibly changed postwar music history. With one song, Bob Dylan elevated rock music from mere ‘pop’ to the medium though which youth culture expressed itself.”
Another set of Dylan lyrics, a working manuscript featuring finalized lyrics for “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” is expected bring in between $400,000 and $600,000 at the sale.
The Sotheby’s auction, dubbed “A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk,” also will offer a 1965 performance and recording contract signed by Jimi Hendrix, and rare posters promoting separate Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley concerts.
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio
“Like” KFIX on Facebook.