Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics to Fetch Over $400K at Auction

Lyrics to "Desolation Row" are reportedly the only existing handwritten version

As online music daily New Musical Express reports, Bob Dylan‘s handwritten lyrics to 1965’s “Desolation Row” are set to be sold for $425,000 (£350,000) at auction.

The daily adds that it’s the latest of a host of songs whose lyric sheets have been auctioned in recent years. In 2020, original manuscripts for “The Times They Are A-Changin,” “Lay Lady Lay,” and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” were acquired by a memorabilia company, with the former listed for a huge $ 2.2 million.

According to the news site TMZ, the lyrics to the 11-minute song, which feature handwritten edits from Dylan, were obtained by a lifelong friend of the singer’s who received the lyric sheet decades ago.

The auction listing from Moments In Time reads: In terms of rarity, unlike “Times,” “Hard Rain,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” where several examples of each exist, there are no other examples of “Desolation Row.”

“Dylan’s archives in the Tulsa museum does not include any version of it. In over 50 years no other example of ‘Desolation Row’ has ever been hinted at existing.”

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