Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' lyrics fetch $2 million

A Sotheby's employee shows the handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' song that is part part of a collection from; 'A Rock and Roll History: Presley to Punk' at Sotheby's auction house in New York. Photo by Reuters
A Sotheby's employee shows the handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' song that is part part of a collection from; 'A Rock and Roll History: Presley to Punk' at Sotheby's auction house in New York. Photo by Reuters

Bob Dylan's handwritten manuscript for "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for just over $US2 million at Sotheby's rock and roll auction, which also included memorabilia from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

The price for the annotated lyrics for "Like a Rolling Stone," considered one of the most influential songs in postwar music, makes it the most expensive rock music sold at auction.

It shattered the previous record for rock music lyrics set in 2010 when John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "A Day in the Life," the final track from the 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for $US1.2 million, according to Sotheby's.

The manuscript for Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" fetched $US485,000 at Sotheby's first dedicated music history sale in more than a decade.

The 150 lots in the auction, which ranged in price from an estimated $US200-$US300 up $US2 million for the Dylan manuscript, came from collectors and people who worked in the music industry.