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Bob Dylan lyrics fetch $2.5 million in New York auction

Published on Jun 25, 2014 6:24 AM
Singer Bob Dylan performs during a segment honouring Director Martin Scorsese, recipient of the Music+ Film Award, at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles in this Jan 12, 2012, file photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Handwritten song lyrics from legendary American singer Bob Dylan sold for US$2 million (S$2.5 million) at auction in New York on Tuesday, the most treasured possession in a trove of rock memorabilia up for sale.

The handwritten copy of Dylan’s original lyrics for the 1965 epic Like A Rolling Stone, which transformed him from a folk musician into a rock icon, had been valued at US$1-2 million by Sotheby’s before the auction.

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as the greatest of 500 greatest songs of all time, Sotheby’s went so far as to say the lyrics transformed the course of pop music in the 20th century.

“The Holy Grail of rock lyrics has taken its rightful place as the most expensive popular music manuscript sold at auction,” said Mr Richard Austin, head of Tuesday’s sale at Sotheby’s.

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