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