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.
The purchased draft was written in pencil on the letterhead of Washington, D.C.’s Roger Smith Hotel.
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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