A handwritten draft of Bob Dylan’s iconic 1965 hit ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ made this year is set to go on sale at Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders later this week.
The auctioneer claims this is only the second time handwritten lyrics to the record have been available for auction. In 2014, lyrics said to be from an early draft were auctioned by Sotheby's and were sold to an unidentified bidder for just over 2 million dollars. That draft was described as the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this legendary rock anthem’ and included lines that were excised from the recorded take, as well as Bob Dylan's random doodles and meanderings.
The version that went under the hammer three year ago in 2014 was on four sheets of stationary from Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. This newer draft appears on one sheet, with no tell-tale markers as to where it may have been written. Dylan's signature appears at the bottom of this version.
Bidding for the lyrics is set to start at $125,000. In addition to the "Like a Rolling Stone" handwritten lyrics, a signed copy of Bob Dylan’s 1965 Blonde on Blonde album is also for sale, with bidding kicking off at $5000.
Blonde on Blonde peaked at number nine in the US charts in the US, and was eventually was certified double platinum. It did even better, reaching number three in the UK. The album included two singles that were top-twenty hits in the US: 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and 'I Want You'. Two additional tracks—'Just Like a Woman' and 'Visions of Johanna'—have considered by critics to be among Minnesota-born Dylan's greatest compositions, and were featured in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
The auction ends Thursday, 28 September
Bob Dylan's ‘Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981’ will be released on 3 November, and spotlights his gospel-inspired period.