Bob Dylan's Handwritten Original Lyrics for 'Like a Rolling Stone' Sold for $2 Million

Posted on June 24, 2014 | by David Knowles

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The handwritten original copy of the lyrics to Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for just over $2 million at auction on Tuesday, topping the previous mark $1.2 million paid for the lyrics to John Lennon's "A Day in the Life." 

An anonymous buyer shelled out a little more than $2 million during the Sotheby's auction for the pages that contained Dylan's handwriting (and doodles) on the draft of the tune that would eventually kick off his seminal album, Highway 61 Revisited, and go on to become one of the singer's most famous songs. 

The draft also includes phrases that Dylan tried out, but ultimately did not include in the final version, such as "dry vermouth, you'll tell the truth." 

The seller of the manuscript, who also kept his identity hidden, had purchased them directly from Dylan for an undisclosed sum. 

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