Dy­lan, Clap­ton manuscripts to go on auction

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Orig­i­nal manuscripts of clas­sic songs by Bob Dy­lan and Eric Clap­ton will go on auction as part of a col­lec­tion of rock mem­o­ra­bilia, Sotheby's said Mon­day. The auction house es­ti­mated that the two manuscripts would fetch $50,000 to $70,000 each when they go on sale Satur­day in New York. The col­lec­tion in­cludes the man­u­script of "Layla," one of rock's best-known songs of un­re­quited love, which Clap­ton wrote in 1970 about Pat­tie Har­ri­son-then the wife of his friend, Bea­tle Ge­orge Har­ri­son. She would later marry Clap­ton be­fore they even­tu­ally di­vorced af­ter nine years.

Clap­ton wrote the open­ing lyrics to "Layla," which was loosely in­spired by the tale of the Per­sian Ro­man­tic poet Nizami Gan­javi, on the sta­tion­ary of the Thun­der­bird Mo­tel in Mi­ami Beach. Sotheby's will also auction the orig­i­nal type­script of "This Wheel's on Fire," one of the best-known songs from Dy­lan's 1967 ses­sions with Cana­dian folk rock­ers The Band around Wood­stock, New York.

"This Wheel's on Fire," which the fu­ture No­bel lau­re­ate wrote with The Band's Rick Danko, went on to ap­pear on the 1975 al­bum "The Base­ment Tapes." Among other items up for auction is a set of seven por­traits that Dy­lan and fel­low folk rocker Joan Baez sketched of them­selves and each other. Dy­lan and Baez, who had been lovers, drew the sketches in 1963 on stops at a cof­fee­house in Wood­stock on their mo­tor­cy­cle trips. Sotheby's es­ti­mated that the set would sell for $30,000 to $50,000. — AFP

ANew Zealand man is the lat­est per­son to say he is pop icon Prince's heir af­ter a judge dis­missed a series of other claims, court doc­u­ments showed Mon­day. A lawyer for the ad­min­is­tra­tor in charge of Prince's es­tate agreed to ar­range ge­netic test­ing on Max Stacey McCor­mack, but made no se­cret of his doubts about the claim. McCor­mack, from In­ver­cargill on New Zealand's south­ern tip, sub­mit­ted as ev­i­dence a photo of a per­son who had a "mild phys­i­cal re­sem­blance" to Prince but did not ap­pear to be the "Pur­ple Rain" star, said David Crosby, who rep­re­sents Bre­mer Trust.

"We must ad­mit that we are some­what skep­ti­cal of your claim, given our un­der­stand­ing that (Prince) was com­plet­ing high school in Min­nesota in 1976, as op­posed to liv­ing in New Zealand for sev­eral months," Crosby said in re­sponse to McCor­mack's ac­count, made un­der oath. In a let­ter filed with a Min­nesota court, Crosby said it was nev­er­the­less the­o­ret­i­cally pos­si­ble that McCor­mack's mother had sex with Prince. He gave the New Zealan­der and his mother un­til De­cem­ber 12 to ar­range DNA tests. Lit­tle is known about the new claimant. A 2007 ar­ti­cle in the news­pa­per The South­land Times said McCor­mack, then 30, was in court for allegedly in­jur­ing a woman's eye with a ma­chete.

Prince died on April 21 from an ac­ci­den­tal painkiller over­dose and left no will, set­ting off a flurry of claims from peo­ple seek­ing to in­herit his mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar es­tate and vast song cat­a­log. A judge last week dis­missed a claim from Car­lin Wil­liams, an im­pris­oned rap­per who said his mother had sex with Prince in a Kansas City ho­tel. Wil­liams, who has rapped about killing his al­leged fa­ther, failed a DNA test and the judge, Kevin Eide, for­mally ex­cluded him as an heir af­ter a dis­pute about his re­quest for a new ex­am­i­na­tion. Oth­ers who have come for­ward to claim Prince's es­tate in­clude a woman who said she had se­cretly mar­ried Prince in Las Vegas and a man in Cal­i­for­nia who said the mu­si­cian qui­etly promised him $1 bil­lion. Prince left be­hind a sis­ter and five half-sib­lings but no rec­og­nized child or spouse. — AFP

Bob Dy­lan and Eric Clap­ton

This file photo shows Mu­si­cian Prince pre­sent­ing the win­ner for Record of the Year to Go­tye and Kim­bra on stage. — AFP

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