Poem by teenaged Bob Dylan up for auction

NEW YORK Tue May 19, 2009 4:45pm EDT

1 of 2. A hand-written poem by a teenaged Bob Dylan and signed Bobby Zimmerman is seen here in this undated handout photo from Christie's Auction House May 19, 2009. The poem goes on auction on June 23 during a Christie's pop culture sale, the auction house said on Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A hand-written poem by a teenaged Bob Dylan and signed Bobby Zimmerman goes on auction on June 23 during a Christie's pop culture sale, the auction house said on Tuesday.

Believed to have been written in 1957 when he was 16, before the singer-songwriter moved to New York and won fame as a folk singer and rock legend, the poem is written in blue ink on both sides of a single sheet of paper, Christie's said.

Born Robert Allen Zimmerman, Dylan grew up in Minnesota. He wrote the poem while away at Herzl Camp, a Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin, and it is the artist's earliest known poem to come to auction, Christie's said. It could fetch $10-15,000.

Titled "Little Buddy," the poem is about the murder of a boy's dog. It reads in part, "But I'll meet my precious buddy up in the sky/ By a tiny narrow grave/ Where the willows sadly wave."

It was written for the camp newspaper and preserved by the editor for more than 50 years. The editor recently donated it back to the camp, which will benefit from the proceeds.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Alan Elsner)

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