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Someone Paid $2 Million For Paper Bob Dylan Wrote On

A handwritten draft of "Like a Rolling Stone" sold on Tuesday at Sotheby's.

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On Tuesday, New York auction house Sotheby's sold a draft manuscript of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” for $2.045 million. They called that a record for a popular music manuscript. / Via

The seller was not identified, but Sotheby's said he or she is a fan from California, who'd bought the manuscript directly from Dylan.

The manuscript sprawls across four pages, and offers some insight into Dylan’s thinking. There are doodles of “a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers.” Al Capone’s name is written in the margins, linked by a line to the lyric, “Like a complete unknown.”


Watch Bob Dylan's 2013 interactive video for "Like A Rolling Stone," released in conjunction with an epic box set, The Bob Dylan Complete Album Collection Vol. 1.

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Yeah, it co-stars rapper Danny Brown, actor Drew Carey, and podcast host Marc Maron.

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