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Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics Up For Auction (photo)

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Dylan’s original hand scrawled lyrics for his archetypal coming of age protest song, “The Times They Are a-Changin'” have turned up at Sotheby’s, where they go up for auction Dec 10th.

Selby Kiffer speaking for Sotheby’s books and manuscripts department told The New York Times that Dylan originally gave the lyric sheet to fellow folk singer Kevin Krown. In the 1990’s when Krown died, the lyrics were passed to the MacKenzie family, who apparently used to put Dylan up in their Manhattan home during his first visits to New York.

“Although he also seems to have had a capacity for dropping people, forgetting them and moving on,” Kiffer said of Dylan, “in the case of Krown and the MacKenzies, they got something tangible out of it, at least.” Now the pencil and paper document is listed online by the famed auction house for a modest 200,000 — 300,000 USD.

Here’s the description listed in the catalog:

Autograph manuscript signed (“by Bob Dylan”) of his lyrics for “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” written in pencil on a sheet of unruled three-hole notebook paper (8 1/2 x 11 in.; 217 x 280 mm), text written in four numbered verses of 10, 10, 9, and 8 lines, including the single-line refrain, titled at the conclusion within a rough-lined frame, verso with an autograph fragment of the first five lines of the first verse of Dylan’s “North Country Blues”; some light discoloration, graphite smudging and offsetting, creased and nearly separated at central verical fold, edges chipped with loss, some internal tears and small losses not costing any text apart from the “Th” of “They” in the title.

Head to this page at Sotheby’s for a closer look at the document or to place a bid. [Arts Beat]

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