Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics on view in NYC

On December 10, a smudged, tattered sheet of paper with US folk singer Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to the classic protest song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" goes up for sale at Sotheby's New York to the bidder with the deepest pockets. Fans can view the lyric sheet Saturday, December 4, through Thursday, December 9, at the auction house.

The lyric sheet, which dates back to sometime in late 1963, also features an early draft of Dylan's "North Country Blues" on the back side. The document is estimated to sell for a price of $200,000 to $300,000 (€150,890 to €226,360), according to Sotheby's on November 29.

Dylan, never one to keep old lyric sheets around after he committed the songs to memory, gave the copy to fellow folk singer and friend Kevin Krown, who introduced Dylan to the New York music scene on Dylan's first trip there in 1960. After Krown's death in the 1990s, the lyrics were given to Eve and Peter MacKenzie, in whose New York apartment Dylan would frequently stay and compose music. 

Last June Sotheby's sold John Lennon's lyrics to "A Day In The Life" for $1.2 million (904,780 €), which inspired the private collector who owns the Dylan lyrics to contact the auction house.

Dylan is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He has produced 34 studio albums, 13 live albums, and 14 compilation albums - seven of those reached number one in UK album charts, with five reaching the top spot in US album charts. He has won 11 Grammy Awards and one Academy Award.

To catch a glimpse of the famed lyrics, Sotheby's is offering a public viewing from Saturday, December 4, through Wednesday, December 9 (Saturday-Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Address: Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue, New York City. Auction will be held on December 10 at 10 a.m. To place a bid and for more information, visit:
http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=159626187

 

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