Bob Dylan’s collection of love letters sold at auction for 0K

Bob Dylan’s collection of love letters sold at auction for $670K

A group of touching and typically prescient private letters written by a younger Bob Dylan to a highschool girlfriend has been offered at public sale to a famend Portuguese bookshop for almost $670,000.

The Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which payments itself as “the World’s Most Stunning Bookshop,” plans to maintain the archive of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages full and out there for Dylan followers and students to review, auctioneer RR Public sale mentioned in a press release Friday.

Dylan, a local of Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote the letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959 when he was nonetheless often called Bob Zimmerman. They supply an perception right into a interval of his lifetime of which not a lot is understood.

Remarkably, in a number of the letters, Dylan writes about altering his identify and hoping to promote 1,000,000 information. A long time later, the now 81-year-old Dylan and 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature has offered about 125 million information.

Together with him confessing his like to his highschool girlfriend, the letters additionally include future aspersions Dylan has towards changing into a musician.AP

The younger musician additionally expresses his affection for Hewitt, invitations her to a Buddy Holly present, contains little fragments of poetry, and talks in regards to the kinds of issues that generations of highschool college students have been involved about, equivalent to automobiles, garments and music.

Hewitt’s daughter discovered the letters after her mom died in 2020. The unique envelopes addressed in Dylan’s handwriting have been despatched to the Hewitt household’s new dwelling within the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of New Brighton.

The gathering is made up of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages.AP

A number of different gadgets of Dylan memorabilia have been additionally offered on the public sale, together with an archive of 24 “Poems With out Titles” written when the singer-songwriter attended the College of Minnesota, which offered for nearly $250,000; and one of many earliest recognized signed pictures of Dylan that went for greater than $24,000.

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