Yesterday, Sotheby's presented an auction in NYC dubbed "Rock & Roll History: Presley
To Punk" that brought in over $4 million for a batch of more than 100 pieces of memorabilia
artists such as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, The Doors and Joni Mitchell. However the big
story from the auction pertains to just one of those lots - a four-page written manuscript
for "Like A Rolling Stone" penned by Bob Dylan.
Dylan wrote out the draft for "Like A Rolling Stone" in pencil on Hotel Roger Smith
Washington letterhead stationery. The pages include "four long stanzas and the repeated
chorus of the song as recorded and released, with edits, corrections and marginal notes of
song references, reminders and personal appointments." An unidentified buyer won the
with a jaw-dropping bid of $2,045,000.
Sotheby's claims that the winning bit represents a world record for a popular music
manuscript. The $2+ million bid makes the $485,000 paid in the same auction for Dylan's
handwritten final draft of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" almost seem like a bargain.
Watch Dylan discuss and perform "Like A Rolling Stone":
[Published on: 6/25/14]