Folk anger pays well: $2M for Dylan’s ‘Stone’ notes

Young Bob Dylan Wikimedia Commons

And say, Do you want to make a deal? How does it feel?
— Bob Dylan, “Like  a Rolling Stone”

It feels pretty good!

Sothebys auction house today announced Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to “Like a Rolling Stone,” owned by a Dylan fan, sold at auction for a record $2,045,000.

I’m looking forward to reading the back story on the sale. According to the Associated Press:

Sotheby’s described the seller as a longtime fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan.” He was not identified.

The manuscript was offered as part of Sotheby’s rock and pop music sale. In 2010, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “A Day in the Life,” the final track on the Beatles’ classic 1967 album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” sold for $1.2 million, the record for such a sale.

  • jon

    Has to be strange to be and artist that is still alive while your work sells for that amount…

    • Dave

      Dylan’s wrote a number of songs that satire the very kinds of people who are now buying his lyrics.

  • Jack Ungerleider

    He’s also making the decision for his heirs as to what he thinks is important to keep and what he thinks can be let go. This saves time, anguish and nasty comments about the family selling out later on.