A handwritten manuscript of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" was sold today in New York at rich people's eBay, Sotheby's auction house, for $2.045 million to an unidentified bidder. The early draft of the lyrics, written on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, was vaunted by Sotheby's as "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem."
As reported by Rolling Stone, the draft is chock-full of ancillary details only a rich, possibly obsessive Dylan fan would want to know. Also: doodles!
Still, the sheets do feature some lyrics that didn't make the final cut, including the phrase, "…dry vermouth/You'll tell the truth" and an abandoned line about Al Capone. The lyrics also show Dylan's various attempts to build a rhyme off of the "How does it feel" line with phrases like, "it feels real," "does it feel real," "get down and kneel," "raw deal" and "shut up and deal." The draft — written at the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington D.C. — also boasts some of Dylan's stray thoughts and doodles.
The lyrics were apparently put up for auction by a man Sotheby's describes as having "met his hero in a non-rock context and bought [the lyrics] directly from Dylan.”
A draft of the lyrics to "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" were also sold, but for a measly $485,000. According to the Los Angeles Times, the sale of the "Like A Rolling Stone" lyrics "bested the previous record of $1.2 million paid in 2010 for John Lennon's lyrics to 'A Day in the Life' from 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.'"
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