Bob Dylan's Iconic 'Like a Rolling Stone' Heads to Auction

May 01, 2014

One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone, is going to auction this summer!

Sotheby's is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million. The song is about a debutante who becomes a loner when she's cast from upper-class social circles.

The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith hotel in Washington, D.C. Dylan was only 24 when he recorded the song in 1965.

"How does it feel To be on your own" it says in his handwriting. "No direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone."

Scrawls seem to reflect the artist's experimentation with rhymes. The name "Al Capone" is scrawled in the margin, with a line leading to the lyrics "Like a complete unknown."

The auction is June 24 as part of Sotheby's rock and pop music sale.

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