Bob Dylan’s love letters sold at auction for $670,000

This September 2022 photo shows a personal collection of love letters written by Bob Dylan to his high school sweetheart in the late 1950s. (Nikki Brickett/RR Auction/the Estate of Barbara Hewitt via AP)

New York, 2022-11-19 14:41:38. Bob Dylan’s love letters sold at auction for $670,000

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A collection of poignant and sometimes insightful personal letters written by a young Bob Dylan to a high school friend has sold at auction to a famous Portuguese bookstore for nearly $670,000.

Auction house RR Auction said in a statement that Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which bills itself as “the most beautiful bookstore in the world,” intends to keep an archive of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 full pages available for Dylan’s fans and scholars to study. Friday.

A native of Hibbing, Minnesota, Dylan wrote the letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959 when he was still known as Bob Zimmerman. They provide insight into a period of his life about which little is known.

Remarkably, Dylan writes in some letters about changing his name and hoping to sell a million records. Decades later, the 81-year-old Dylan, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, has sold about 125 million records.

The young musician also expresses his love for Hoyt, invites her to The Buddy Holly Show, includes small fragments of poetry, and talks about the kinds of things generations of high school students have been interested in, such as cars, clothes, and music.

The letters were found by Hewitt’s daughter after her mother’s death in 2020. The original envelopes, addressed in Dylan’s handwriting, were sent to the Hewitts’ new home in Minneapolis-St. Poole suburb in New Brighton.

Several other pieces of Dylan memorabilia were also sold at auction, including an archive of 24 “Untitled Poems” written when the singer-songwriter attended the University of Minnesota, which sold for approximately $250,000; and one of the oldest known autographed photos of Dylan, which was valued at more than $24,000.

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