Contact Us

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Lyrics Up for Auction

Bob Dylan
Hulton Archive / Getty Images

Got an extra couple million dollars lying around? You could put yourself in the running to own a piece of rock history.

ABC News Radio reports that Bob Dylan‘s handwritten lyric sheets for ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ are about to hit the auction block courtesy of Sotheby’s, where they’re part of a collection dubbed ‘A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk.’ According to the auction house, “Sotheby’s will offer important manuscripts from a Bob Dylan masterpiece, to Jim Morrison’s Miami bail bond and Jimi Hendrix’s infamous first contract, that illuminate the golden years of rock music history. The iconography of the music is featured with Rock Photography and vintage tour and promotional posters from Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Cream and Bruce Springsteen.”

“This is the Holy Grail of rock lyrics,” Sotheby’s executive Richard Austin said of Dylan’s back pages, which are expected to sell for between $1 million and $2 million. “The release of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ irreversibly changed postwar music history. With one song, Bob Dylan elevated rock music from mere ‘pop’ to the medium though which youth culture expressed itself.”

It’s hard to argue with Austin on that point, but that’s still an awful lot of money for four sheets of paper (described as including “an almost complete set of words to the song” as well as “commentary by Dylan about American cultural imagery” and “several doodles by the singer/songwriter”). Don’t fret, though — if the ‘Rolling Stone’ lyrics are out of your price range, there’s always ‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,’ which is expected to fetch a comparatively affordable $400,000 to $600,000.

Top 10 Bob Dylan Lyrics

More from 107.9 The River

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theriver1079.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on 107.9 The River quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!