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  • 25 June 2014, 7:21

Bob Dylan Rolling Stone Draft Sells For $2m

The draft of Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, one of the most popular songs of all time, has sold for $2m (£1.2m) at auction.

Sotheby's in New York said it was a record amount for a pop manuscript.

The draft is written in pencil in Dylan's own hand on four sheets of letterhead stationery from a Washington DC hotel.

It includes revisions, additions, notes and doodles of a hat, a bird and an animal with antlers.

The famous lines are legible in Dylan's scrawl: "How does it feel To be on your own."

"No direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone."

Sotheby's said the seller was a fan from California who had bought the draft directly from Dylan.

The auction house did not identify the bidder who snapped up the manuscript for $2.045 million, including a buyer's premium.

Dylan, now 73, was 24 years old when he recorded the rock anthem - about an outcast debutante - in 1965.

The sale price topples the previous record for a pop manuscript - 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 $1.2m.

 

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