How does it feel? Like a new record for the sale of rock lyrics at auction, as a handwritten manuscript for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” sold Tuesday for just over $2 million at Sotheby’s auction house in New York, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The identity of the buyer was not released, but the purchase price bested the previous record of $1.2 million paid in 2010 for John Lennon’s lyrics to “A Day in the Life” from “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
Lyrics to another Dylan classic, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” sold for $485,000, according to Reuters, at Sotheby’s first dedicated music history sale in more than a decade.
Other items in the sale included memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley, with pre-auction estimates ranging from as little as $200 to $300 to $1 million to $2 million for the draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” that Dylan wrote on stationery from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.
The manuscript shows, in Dylan’s hand, the lines of the song’s famous refrain “How does it feel/To be on your own/ No direction home/Like a complete unknown” as well as phrases he ultimately rejected including “Al Capone,” “ain’t quite real” and “dry vermouth, you’ll tell the truth.”
According to Sotheby’s, the lyrics were put up for auction by a man identified only as a fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought [the lyrics] directly from Dylan.”
Former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden says she has breast cancer, says The Associated Press
She disclosed her diagnosis on Tuesday’s edition of the ABC morning show, which she co-anchored from 1980-97. She spoke with “GMA” host Robin Roberts, who has also been treated for breast cancer recently, as has “GMA” co-host Amy Robach.
Lunden said her treatment will include surgery and radiation. She said she’s already started chemotherapy.
She said after the initial shock of the diagnosis, she resolved to learn everything she can about the illness and go into what she called “warrior mode.” She said she expects to make a full recovery.
The 63-year-old Lunden is now a health and wellness advocate. She has written eight books.