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Bob Dylan’s Manuscript Auctioned for $2M

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2017

Here’s one for the Bob Dylan fans.

Bob Dylan’s manuscript for his legendary Like a Rolling Stone song was auctioned for $2 million at Sotheby’s.

The manuscript is believed to be the only draft for the music icon’s final lyrics. He wrote the 6-minute song for an upper-class debutante who turned into a loner at the age of 24 back in 1965.

He wrote the lyrics using pencil on four stationery sheets he got from Washington DC’s Roger Smith Hotel.

According to Sotheby’s the manuscript contains more than just the lyrics to the song, it also contains reminders, song references, and personal appointments. Peculiarly, you can see the name “Al Capone” in the margin of the manuscript, which shows how Dylan plays with his rhymes.

The manuscript is said to belong to an unidentified Bob Dylan fan who met the popular rocker and bought it from the man himself.

Dylan’s handwritten lyrics overshadowed the 2010 auction of John Lennon’s A Day in the Life manuscript, which was the last song on the 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album of The Beatles. John Lennon’s manuscript was sold for a price of $1.2 million.

Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in May 24, 1941. He is one of the most influential musicians of all time being in the music industry for 50 years. Some of his most remarkable songs are “Blowin’ in the Wind,” and “The Times They Are Changin’.” He is also a very important figure in the anti-war and US civil-rights movements in the 1960s.

Dylan has raked countless awards such as the Grammy, Academy Awards, and Golden Globe. He was included in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. President Barack Obama gave him the honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in May 2012.

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