‘Like a Rolling Stone’ manuscript sells for $2 Million.
Handwritten manuscripts for ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ by veteran American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan sold for just over $2 million on June 24, 2014. The draft was a part of the rock and roll auction at Sotheby’s which also included priceless memorabilia from the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Rolling Stones.
The song was considered as one of the most influential songs in the post-war music era and has now become the most expensive rock music manuscript sold at an auction.
Like a Rolling Stone’s manuscript sale has broken the record set by former Beatle John Lennon’s handwritten manuscript – for the song ‘A Day In The Life’ - which sold for $1.2 million in 2010.
Dylan’s ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’ manuscript was also sold for $485,000 at the auction.
The track – ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ – was released in 1965 and became Dylan’s most commercially viable song. The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of paper which turn out to be the Roger Smith Hotel, Washington DC’s letter pad. It has additions, revisions, doodles and notes on it.
When the song was recorded, Dylan was just 24-years old. The song told the heartfelt story of a debutant-turned-loner girl and remains etched out in the memory of listeners across the world.