Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Draft Sold For $2 Million

By Annie Reuter

If you had $2 million just lying around would you splurge and buy handwritten lyric sheet from your favorite artist? Well, one fan just did.

An early draft of Bob Dylan‘s “Like a Rolling Stone” was sold on Tuesday (June 24) for $2 million—$2.045 million to be exact—at New York’s Sotheby’s auction house, according to Billboard.

The unidentified bidder reported to be a longtime Dylan fan who lived in California.

Sotheby’s reports that the “Like a Rolling Stone” manuscript is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem.”

Related: Bob Dylan Covers Frank Sinatra for Upcoming Album Release

Written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead from the Roger Smith hotel in Washington, D.C., Dylan’s notes, doodles and revisions are shown in the margins. Dylan was 24 when he recorded “Like a Rolling Stone” in 1965.

In addition to Dylan’s manuscript, the largest collection of John Lennon’s writing, drawings and doodles went up for auction at Sotheby’s earlier this month.

The items included in the auction, which took place on June 4, come from the private collection of publisher, Tom Maschler, who worked closely with Lennon on the production of his two books 1964’s In His Own Write and the following year’s A Spaniard in the Works.

The auction yesterday was part of Sotheby’s rock and pop music sale.


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