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‘Like A Rolling Stone’: First Draft Of Bob Dylan’s Song Sells For $2 Million

Wed, June 25, 2014 1:01pm EDT by HL Intern Add first Comment
Like A Rolling Stone Auction

Wow — looks like Bob Dylan’s fans are still going strong! The folk-singing legend’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ original manuscript went on sale at Sotheby’s on June 24 and the scribbled note pages fetched a shocking amount of dough.

Bob Dylan is undeniably a legend in American music. His records have become anthems for the civil tights movements, and his single, “Like A Rolling Stone,” changed the face of popular music. But even we’re a little shocked that the handwritten manuscript of his lyrics sold for $2.04 million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction of his artifacts!

 ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Lyrics Actioned For Over $2 Million

The sale of Bob’s draft of the 1965 hit single, “Like A Rolling Stone,” will go down in the record books as the biggest sale of a popular music manuscript, according to Associated Press.

The historic work was jotted down in pencil on four sheets of hotel stationary from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington D.C. where it was written.

The masterpiece includes lyrics that didn’t make the final cut such as the phrase “…dry vermouth/You’ll tell the truth,” and a line about Al Capone. The value of the draft was also raised by Bob’s personal touches of doodles and scattered thoughts.

“Like A Rolling Stone” was written by Bob when he was just 24 years old. It appeared on the album Highway 61 Revisited and rose to No. 2 on the Billboard charts. In the years since its release, it has easily become Bob Dylan’s most recognizable song.

Bob Dylan’s ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ Sale Breaks World Records

Before the famous lyrics were sold to an unidentified bidder described as a “longtime fan from California,” they were already expected to rack up big numbers. It was predicted to sell for 1 to 2 million dollars, and it exceeded expectations at $2.04 million! This nearly doubles the previous record for a rock manuscript,  held by a 2010 sale of John Lennon’s “A Day in the Life” for $1.2 million.

The lyrics were auctioned off alongside two pages of Bob’s handwritten lyrics for “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” which sold for $485,000.

What do you think about this pricey transaction, HollywoodLifers? Bob Dylan was a revolutionary so we think it was totally worth it! Share your thoughts in the comments below.

— Kindra Bailey

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