Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" Manuscript Sells for Record-Breaking $2 Million
Published Jun 24, 2014Last year, Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" manuscript sold for $197,000, but if that seems awfully pricy, it's nothing compared to Bob Dylan's handwritten draft of "Like a Rolling Stone," which was auctioned off today (June 24) for $2 million U.S.
As the Associated Press reports, auctioneer Sotheby's is calling this a record for a pop music manuscript. This eclipses John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for the Beatles' classic "A Day in the Life," which sold for $1.2 million in 2010.
The manuscript of "Like a Rolling Stone" that went under the gavel in New York is written on four sheets of stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, DC. This draft includes various additions, revisions and doodled illustrations. You can see the manuscript above.
The unidentified seller was reportedly a fan from California who bought it directly from Dylan. This is apparently the only surviving draft of the completed lyrics.