The recent sale of Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics for “Hey Jude”, for $910,000 has obviously intrigued Bob Dylan and his agents. New Musical Express, (NME), Reuters and some other outlets are reporting that a memorabilia company is set to auction off Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to three of his songs. Fans and collectors will soon have a chance to get his notes for “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” “Lay Lady Lay,” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
And if they reach estimated prices, they will certainly beat McCartney’s recent record. ‘The Times They Are A-Changin'” is listed for $2.2 million, while they’re asking $1.2 million for ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues.” “Lay Lady Lay” is the cheapest of the three, priced at ‘only’ $650,000. If the McCartney sale is any indicator, the prices will certainly go higher. AS NME notes, that item “went for nine times its original estimate in a sale held by the New York-based Julien’s Auctions.”
As reported, the listings include photos of the handwritten pages, showing Dylan’s crossed out verses and words and instrumental notes. The items can be previewed on the sellers website, Moments In Time.
The auction coincides with Dylan’s recent release of two new original songs, his first in eight years. “Murder Most Foul” tackled the 1963 assassination of JFK in the form of a 17-minute ballad, while “I Contain Multitudes” referenced Walt Whitman, The Rolling Stones, Edgar Allen Poe, and Frank Sinatra.