Bring all Bob Dylan's songs back home... The legend's lyrics are for sale
On June 23, Christie's is offering an exciting sale of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts, including a treasure trove of Bob Dylan's typescripts and manuscripts that any collector or investor would love to own.

This unique collection is comprised of Dylan's early, formative versions of key songs including "Subterranean Homesick Blues" (pictured on page one), "Maggie's Farm," "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream," "Love Minus Zero," "Outlaw Blues," "Visions of Johanna," "Farewell Angelina," and "I'll Keep it with Mine."

The Subterranean Homesick Blues piece is particularly notable.  A typescript, with autograph revisions and additions, it comprises draft lyrics for the well-known song: "Johnny's in the basement stirring up the medicine..."

Recorded on 14 January 1965 and released on the 1965 album Bringing it All Back Home, it is here titled "Look Out Kid," and comes with autograph additions in ball-point pen, including the well-known couplet "Keep a clean nose watch the plain clothes...,"

In addition there is a five-line stanza ("better jump in the manhole light yourself a candle...for the pump don't work cause the vandals stole the handle"). Overall there are some 80 words in Dylan's hand.

John Lennon was reported to find the song so "captivating" that he didn't know how he'd be able to write a song that could "compete" with it

It is estimated at $50,000 - $70,000 whilst a more lightly autographed typescript for Maggie's Farm is listed at $70,000-90,000.

dylan bob typescript  autograph revisions Subterranean Homesick blues
One of the all time greats - Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues
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Dylan, who turned 70 last month has an extremely well-established legacy, making the lyrics sheets very strong alternative investments. The industry's PFC40 Autograph Index shows that a signed Bob Dylan photo rose in value by 117.9% over the past 10 years.


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