Rare Dylan poetry goes under the hammer

Hendrix and Doors rarities also feature in New York sale

Early poems written by Bob Dylan are going up for auction in New York next month.

Dating back to 1959-60 stint at the University of Minnesota, the poems are believed to be the first time the star, real name Robert Zimmerman, used the Dylan pseudonym.

A spokesman for auction house Christies said: “While some of the poems are rooted in his daily university life and reference his Jewish heritage with Yiddish phrases, the wit and irony pervasive in his later songwriting are already evident.”

According to BBC News, the poems are expected to fetch in the region of $70,000, while a rare 1961 recording has been valued at $60,000.

Interest in Dylan has been revived by the recent Martin Scorsese documentary ‘No Direction Home’.

Other items in the Christies auction include a medallion worn by Jimi Hendrix at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, and handwritten lyrics by Jim Morrison for the Doors song ‘Not To Touch The Earth’.