On June 24 at Sotheby's, Bob Dylan's original hand-written lyrics for his 1965 track "Like a Rolling Stone" fetched $2,045,000, setting an auction record for a popular music manuscript (Its estimate was $1 to 2 million).
The lyrics, which were sold to a private collector, were the top lot in the "Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk" auction, the first dedicated music history sale at Sotheby's for more than a decade. All in all, the auction brought in $4,088,630. Other top items included items related to Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Joni Mitchell — and many more.
"The Holy Grail of rock lyrics has taken its rightful place as the most expensive popular music manuscript sold at auction," said Richard Austin, head of Books and Manuscripts at Sotheby's New York, in an email statement. "'Like a Rolling Stone' irreversibly changed the career of Bob Dylan and postwar music history and I am thrilled to see so many collectors recognizing these lyrics importance as a work of 20th-century cultural history."