Dy­lan’s ‘Hard Rain’ lyrics up for auc­tion at Sotheby’s

The China Post - - ARTS -

The draft lyrics for one of Bob Dy­lan’s most in­flu­en­tial early songs is go­ing up for auc­tion next month.

Sotheby’s said Tues­day it ex­pects the man­u­script of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” to fetch be­tween £150,000 and £200,000 (US$235,000 and US$314,000) at a Sept. 29 Lon­don sale.

The auc­tion house says Dy­lan typed out the lyrics, and made amend­ments in ink, in a room above the Gaslight Folk Club in New York’s Green­wich Vil­lage in 1962. It says the re­vi­sions show the cre­ative process be­hind the land­mark song, which por­tends a rev­o­lu­tion­ary or cat­a­clysmic change.

Last year the fi­nal hand­writ­ten lyrics to the song sold for US$485,000 at Sotheby’s in New York. At the same sale a draft of Dy­lan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” sold for US$2 mil­lion.

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