Millions for a piece of hotel stationery? Well, when the papers are marked up with Bob Dylan’s notes, revisions, and doodles inspiring “Like a Rolling Stone,” anything is possible.
Sotheby’s auctioned the hand-written final draft of the iconic song in New York today, and the manuscript sold for a record $2.045 million Tuesday afternoon.
“How does it feel? How does it feel? To be on your own with no direction home. . .like a complete unknown. . .like a rolling stone?” – Bob Dylan, “Like a Rolling Stone”
Head of Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts Department Richard Austin said, “Bob Dylan manuscripts are incredibly sought after. Not just because of his role as a rock icon, but also he’s now seen as a serious poet.”
“Like a Rolling Stone” was ranked the greatest song of all time in 2011 by Rolling Stone magazine.