Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics are being sold for a huge sum of money
The handwritten lyrics created by Bob Dylan which resulted in three classic songs are being sold at auction for an eye-watering figure.
The original lyrics for Dylan’s now-iconic songs ‘Lay Lady Lay’, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ and ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ are being sold by a memorabilia company who have hiked up the prices to unimaginable levels.
For arguably the most famous song of the collection, ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’, the sale prices has been listed at $2.2 million (£1.8m). Next up on the wishlist of Bob Dylan’s wealthiest fans is the source of ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ but, again, it’ll set you back $1.2 million (£961k).
Finally, on the more ‘affordable’ end of the Dylan memorabilia scale, his handwritten lyrics for ‘Lay Lady Lay’ arrives as the cheapest lot and has been priced up at the cool $650,000 (£520k).
Sold for nine times the original estimate by auction house Julien’s in New York, the auction came as part of a major lot sold on the 50th anniversary of the band’s breakup. “It’s obviously a very iconic song that everyone’s familiar with,” music specialist Jason Watkins said before the auction.
He added: “These handwritten lyrics were used in the studio as a guide when they were recording it.”
The track was supposedly written for John Lennon’s son Julian and the item includes partial lyrics that Paul McCartney wrote during his process. The notes are thought to have helped either McCartney or Lennon with timing on the recording of the song at Trident Studios in 1968.
The paper was later gifted to a studio engineer. The item is also being sold alongside a photo taken inside the studio which sees John Lennon near the item and was originally expected to sell for £150,000.
Elsewhere in the lot, Julien’s sold a vintage bass drumhead with The Beatles’ logo for an eye-watering $200,000. Among the other 250 items sold, a Drumhead was used during the Liverpudlian’s first North American tour in 1964.
A drawing called ‘Bagism’ by John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono was sold for $93,750, Ringo Starr’s ashtray used at the Abbey Road recording studios eventually sold for $32,500.