NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters Life!) - A selection of
previously unpublished draft lyrics by legendary songwriter Bob
Dylan is hitting the auction block this month, Christie's said
The heavily annotated, sometimes in crayon, lyrics date
from the mid-1960s, during one of Dylan's most productive
periods. They will be sold at Christie's auction of fine
printed books and manuscripts in New York on June 23.
"The mid-60s, especially 1964-1966, were a true watershed
for Dylan," said Chris Coover, Christie's senior specialist for
"In that period his lyrics became deeper and more personal,
while his songs moved away from the acoustic, folk-inflected
style, and he forged a unique personal style as poet and
The items for sale include early, formative versions of
five songs from 1965's "Bringing It All Back Home" album,
including "I Ain't Gonna Work on Maggie's Farm No More," a
draft for "Maggie's Farm," estimated to sell for $70,000 to
Some of the revised and corrected lyrics are handwritten
and others are typed.
Christie's said the newly discovered drafts once belonged
to Dylan's manager, Albert Grossman. They feature some of
Dylan's best-known songs, including "Subterranean Homesick
Blues," "Queen Jane Approximately" and "Visions of Johanna."
Several of the sheets include groups of rhyming words which
he used as springboards for additional lines of verse.
Song lyrics have fetched some impressive prices recently.
Dylan's smudged, hand-written and dog-eared lyrics to the 1960s
anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin" fetched $422,000 at
Sotheby's in December, while John Lennon's lyrics to "A Day In
The Life" soared to $1.2 million at the auction house a year