Dylan's 'Rolling Stone' lyrics fetch $2M at auction

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Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2.045 million Tuesday, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript, the Associated Press reports.

The draft of the 1965 song – written on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. – was expected to fetch between $1 million and $2 million at auction Tuesday, the AP says.

The handwritten lyrics were part of Sotheby's "A Rock & Roll History: From Presley to Punk" auction. The bill in the New York auction consists of 147 lots, including many items from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, The Doors and several other music icons.

In addition to the handwritten lyrics, the "Like a Rolling Stone" manuscript in pencil includes notes and doodles by Dylan, including sketches of a hat, a bird and an animal with antlers.

Southeby's calls the Minnesota music legend's item "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem."

 Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" handwritten lyrics (photo: Southeby's).

Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" handwritten lyrics (photo: Southeby's).

Sotheby's did not identify the seller, who was described as a longtime fan of Dylan's from California "who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan," the AP notes.

The Dylan lyrics were the highest-priced item on the Sotheby's auction bill Tuesday. Other big-buck artifacts include Paul McCartney's handwritten manuscript for the song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," which has an estimated value of $250,000 to $350,000; and a peacock jumpsuit from Presley with an estimated value of $200,000 to $300,000.

John Lennon's Vox Guitar Organ prototype has already sold for $305,000.

Last year, Dylan's iconic electric guitar from the Newport Folk Festival sold for $965,000 at Christie's Auction House in New York.

An official video debuted for "Like a Rolling Stone" last November, 48 years after the song's release.

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