One of the 146 lots in “A Rock & Roll History: Presley to Punk” that will be auctioned at Sotheby's next Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m., is considered one of the most significant – and expensive – rock manuscripts in 20th century pop culture history.
The original four handwritten pages of Bob Dylan's iconic song “Like A Rolling Stone” (written in 1965) is expected to fetch between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000. “The Holy Grail for all collectors of Dylan manuscripts is undoubtedly the earliest full draft of 'Like A Rolling Stone.' This is not only because it is generally considered Dylan's most important song but also probably the most significant song in rock music history,” according to rock author Clinton Heylin, as quoted in the Sotheby's catalogue. The song marked Dylan's shift from folk music to rock.
Among the more affordable items up for bid is a comic strip collage drawn by Jim Morrison in 1967. It is estimated to go for $1,000-$2,500.
One of the many lots sure to interest collectors is the set of rare photographs of John Lennon, George Harrison, and Yoko Ono shot before the 1971 charity Concert For Bangladesh. The photos – estimated to bid in the $2,000-$3,000 range – show the two ex-bandmates friendly and casual, despite the Beatles' acrimonious breakup a year earlier.
Other highlights include: the notorious Jimi Hendrix Contract, which the legendary guitarist signed in 1965, giving exclusive management rights to P.P.X. Enterprises for $1 (estimate: $100,000-$200,000); and an A&M promotional single of the Sex Pistols' 1977 song “God Save The Queen” (estimate: $25,000-$35,000).
The entire exhibition is open for public viewing at Sotheby's New York (1334 York Avenue): Saturday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 22 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and, Monday, June 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.