Rare Dylan Lyrics Net $2 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

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on 06.25.14 in News
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A Bob Dylan fan paid $2 million for the “only surviving draft of the final lyrics” to “Like a Rolling Stone” yesterday, leading Sotheby’s to claim it set a new record for the sale of a popular music manuscript. (John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life” made the headlines in 2010, bringing in $1.2 million.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dylan’s pencil-written piece is spread over four sheets of Roger Smith Hotel stationary and includes rough sketches of a hat, bird and several rhyme schemes (“Al Capone” and “like a complete unknown”, “dry vermouth” and “you’ll tell the truth”). To put its significance in perspective, the singer was just 24 when he recorded the song in 1965.

While Sotheby’s didn’t identify its buyer, they said he is from California and “met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan.” Us, we’re left listening to a Rolling Stones cover…