Rock ‘n’ roll legend pulls $2 million-plus at auction for handwritten lyrics sheets
How much is a collection of original, handwritten lyrics sheets from a rock ‘n’ roll icon worth? Apparently, a lot. Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics to his 1965 chart-topped “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for a whopping $2.045 million during a music memorabilia auction that took place earlier this week at Sotheby’s in New York City.
Dylan was 24 years old when he wrote and recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who finds herself alone when she’s rejected by upper-class social circles. The pages include the memorable lyrics sketched in pencil on four sheets of letterhead paper from the Hotel Roger Smith in Washington, D.C. What makes these pages really memorable is the face Dylan’s doodles and notes are all over the sheets.
Among the other high-priced items that sold at the “A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk” auction included a white Elvis Presley jumpsuit with a peacock design ($245,000) and an autographed, handwritten manuscript from John Lennon featuring two Lennon articles that were published in his 1964 book, In His Own Write ($62,500).
For more information on the rock auction, visit Sotheby’s official website.