Unpublished Bob Dylan Lyrics Hit Auction block

Want to buy a piece of Dylan history? Start counting your pennies.

Published: June 9th 2011
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Christie’s will auction off a collection of recently discovered draft lyrics by iconic King of Folk, Bob Dylan, later this month.


Among the items, that once belonged to Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, include handwritten and typed versions of "Subterranean Homesick Blues,” "Visions of Johanna” and a draft of "Maggie's Farm” that are expected to fetch between $70,000 and $90,000, Reuters reported.


"The mid-60s, especially 1964 to 1966, were a true watershed for Dylan. In that period his lyrics became deeper and more personal, while his songs moved away from the acoustic, folk-inflected style, and he forged a unique personal style as poet and songwriter,” said Chris Coover, Christie's senior specialist for books.


Music memorabilia has always been a favourite at auction, and recently, numerous big-ticket items have generated hefty sales. In December, a hand-written draft of Dylan’s “The Times They are a Changin” sold for $422,000 at Sotheby’s. Likewise, John Lennon’s lyric for “A Day in the Life” grossed nearly $1.2 million last year. On a tangent, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller Jacket” will be going up for auction in Beverly Hills later this month. Interested in buying it? You're looking at $200,000 to $400,000.


For those intrigued by the prospect of owning something Dylan once touched, the collection will be sold among the fine-printed books and manuscripts auction at Christie’s in New York on June 23.

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