Handwritten love letters and other memorabilia by Bob Dylan were a hit at the “Marvels of Modern Music” auction in Boston.
A single lot, consisting of 42 love letters by Bob Dylan to Barbara Ann Hewitt, sold for nearly $700,000. Dylan’s and Hewitt’s affair began in 1957 when they studied together. The letters were written between 1958-59 and consist collectively 150 pages worth of Dylan’s handwritten thoughts. The lot was bought by Livraria Lello, a Portugal-based bookstore. Each letter came with its own envelope. While the individual letters could have been worth much more, RR Auction decided to sell the lot together. A photo, considered the earliest known photograph of Bob Dylan, was sold for $24,361. A significant amount of memorabilia came from the estate of Hewitt, who died in 2020.
Talking about the letters, the description read: “the young Dylan reveals his dreams of changing his name and selling a million records, offers bits and pieces of poetry, and professes his never-ending affection.” It must be noted that there are high chances Livraria Lello might want to sell off individual letters, so collectors have a chance to get their hands on some of the most intimate thoughts of Bob Dylan, written in his own hand.
The “Marvels of Modern Music” sale focused on memorabilia related to some of the biggest legends of American music. It included an original self-portrait by Edie Sedgwick, and a 1980 credit card that belonged to Prince. The auction closed on November 17th.