“Unprecedented archive” of teenage love letters written by Bob Dylan sells for almost $670,000 at public sale.
A set of private letters written by a teenage Bob Dylan to a highschool girlfriend has offered at public sale to a famend Portuguese bookshop for $669,875. The Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, referred to as “the World’s Most Lovely Bookshop,” intends to maintain the archive of letters as an entire set obtainable for Dylan followers and students to check.
Then referred to as Bob Zimmerman, the native of Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote letters to then-girlfriend Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959. In them, he expresses his affection for her, invitations her to a Buddy Holly present, writes snippets of poetry, and talks about typical teenage considerations: vehicles, garments, and music.
The younger Bob Dylan even talked about wanting to alter his title and hoping to promote one million information within the love letters. A long time later, Dylan has offered about 125 million information — along with being the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Hewitt’s daughter discovered the letters after her mom died in 2020. The gathering incorporates 42 letters in 150 pages complete, together with their unique envelopes addressed in Dylan’s handwriting, a signed Valentine’s Day card, and an unsigned handwritten be aware. The archive was offered by RR Public sale, a Boston-based public sale home specializing in distinctive memorabilia.
A number of different gadgets of Bob Dylan memorabilia had been offered on the public sale, together with an archive of 24 “Poems With out Titles” that the singer-songwriter penned whereas attending the College of Minnesota, which offered for almost $250,000. Moreover, one among Dylan’s earliest identified signed pictures went for greater than $24,000.
Among the many different high-ticket memorabilia not too long ago offered at public sale features a uncommon Buddy Holly poster from “The Day the Music Died,” which offered for $447,000. The primary Star Trek comedian e-book additionally not too long ago offered at RR Public sale for $46,500. Musicians memorabilia comes from many unusual locations. Just some years in the past, a used paper plate with a set listing written by Kurt Cobain offered at public sale.