A collection of long-lost Bob Dylan documents, including unpublished lyrics and his thoughts on anti-Semitism, sold for $ 495,000 (£ 373,000).
Boston-based auction house RR Auction announced that the collection, previously held by the late American blues artist Tony Glover, a longtime friend and confidante of the musician, has been sold in separate lots.
The majority went to a bidder whose identity was not published.
The collection contained transcripts of interviews between Dylan and Glover that took place in 1971, as well as letters they sent to each other.
The interviews showed that Dylan was thinking about anti-Semitism when he changed his name from Robert Zimmerman – “many people feel that Jews are just moneylenders and merchants,” he said – and that “Lay Lady Lay” was written by Barbra Streisand.
Articles also included texts Dylan wrote after visiting folk legend Woody Guthrie in May 1962. The lines published just last month read:
“My eyes are broken. I think I was framed. / I can’t seem to remember the sound of my name. / What did he teach you? I heard someone scream. / Did he teach you to twist and unwind? / Did he teach you that? reveal, respect and regret the blues / no jack he taught me how to sleep in my shoes. “
Dylan, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, started out in the same Minneapolis coffeehouse scene as Glover, who passed away last year.
The documents were auctioned off by his widow.
Additional coverage from Associated Press.