Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyric sheet for “Like a Rolling Stone” sold at a Sotheby’s auction earlier today for a record $2 million. Scrawled in pencil on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C. (“One block from The White House”), and crammed with annotations and sketches of, among other things, a hat and a chicken, Dylan’s cryptic poem would eventually be shaped into a shambolic, six-minute-long pop epic that would become not only an unlikely worldwide hit, but one of rock music’s most influential compositions. It would go on to be covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Michael Bolton.
The final price is nearly double the previous record for lyric sheets sold at auction. The previous record holder was John Lennon’s handwritten contribution to the Beatles’ “A Day In the Life” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which sold for $1.2 million back in 2010.