Lyrics expected to sell for more than $1 million
Bob Dylan‘s handwritten lyrics to ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ are set to be auctioned off this summer.
As Rolling Stone reports, Sotheby’s are expecting to receive bids of more than $1 million (£592,090) when the handwritten draft of the words to Dylan’s 1965 track go on sale on June 24.
Sotheby’s described the item as “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem”, and revealed that the papers also include other possible lyrics which Dylan did not include in the final version of the song. The letter includes the phrase “Dry vermouth/You’ll tell the truth” and also has the name of notorious gangster Al Capone scribbled in the margin.
“In this near complete four-page working draft, the distinctive often repeated ‘how does it feel’ lyric is clearly visible alongside unused lines, stray thoughts on American cultural imagery, and interesting doodles,” said Sotheby’s.
Lyrics from Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall’ will also go under the hammer as part of the auction, and are expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000 (£236,881 – £355,322).
It was reported last month that Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction was the subject of the Dylan song ‘Hurricane’, had died of prostate cancer.
He spent 19 years in prison for three murders which took place in 1966. His imprisonment in the same year ended a promising boxing career. He was eventually freed in 1985 after years of appeals and public protests, including Dylan’s 1975 track.