Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to his 1960s classic “The Times They Are A-Changin” go on sale with an asking price of $ 2.2 million in what could mark a world record for rock lyrics.
Gary Zimet, owner of Moments in Time, Los Angeles-based autograph dealers, said on Sunday that the one-page lyric sheet, written in a notebook and with edits and scribbles, originally belonged to the director Dylan’s current, Jeff Rosen, and was now sold by an anonymous private collector.
“It is not an auction. It’s a private sale. First come, first served, “Zimet told Reuters.
Bob Dylan (photo) seen here in 1975. His 60s classic The Times They Are A-Changin goes on sale with a $ 2.2 million label
Handwritten lyrics from “The Times They Are A-Changin” are now on sale and the pitch is a world record
Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for “Like a Rolling Stone” hit a world record of $ 2 million when they were auctioned by Sotheby’s in New York in 2014.
“The Times They Are A-Changin”, written by Dylan in 1963 and released on his album of the same name in 1964, is considered to be one of the most iconic protest songs of the 1960s.
Zimet said he was also selling the lyrics for two other Dylan songs – his 1965 song “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for $ 1.2 million and the 1969 ballad “Lay Lady Lay” for $ 650,000.
“They are not as important as iconic,” said Zimet, explaining the falling prices. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is certainly a major song, but not in the same league as “The Times They Are A-Changin”.
In the photo: Bob Dylan’s handwritten ballad in 1969 “Lay Lady Lay”, sold for $ 650,000
Bob Dylan (photo) performs as part of a double bill with Neil Young in Hyde Park on July 12, 2019
The lyrics of popular songs, especially when written by hand and with striped ideas or doodles, have become some of the items most sought after by collectors of celebrity memorabilia.
Don McLean’s 16-page project for “American Pie” raised $ 1.2 million in 2015.
While Paul McCartney jotted down partial lyrics for a recording of “Hey Jude” sold for $ 910,000 at an online auction earlier this month.
Dylan, 78, released his first original music in eight years last month with a 17-minute song called “Murder Most Foul” which was inspired by the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy.
In 2016, Dylan became the only singer-songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for literature.