Bob Dylan’s teenage love letters promote for over $650,000 at public sale


Bob Dylan’s teenage love letters bought for a whopping $669,875 on Friday.

The lot consists of 42 letters written by Dylan – then Robert Zimmerman – to his highschool sweetheart, Barbara Ann Hewitt. The letters span 150 pages hand-written by the younger musician.

The “unprecedented archive” was bought by RR Public sale, a Boston-based auction house specializing in unique memorabilia.

In 1958, Zimmerman was already dreaming of adjusting his title and promoting 1,000,000 information, aspirations he shared with Hewitt in his missives. He wrote about getting ready for the native expertise present, shared brief items of poetry, and regularly professed his affections for Hewitt, in keeping with RR Public sale.

The lot additionally features a signed Valentine’s Day card from Dylan and an unsigned handwritten observe.

Hewitt, born in 1941, settled along with her household in Hibbing, Minnesota, throughout her early teenage years, according to RR Auction. It was there that she met Dylan in highschool historical past class.

The couple’s first date was on New Yr’s Eve in 1957, in keeping with RR Public sale. They exchanged letters till a minimum of the top of 1959. Hewitt’s letters from Dylan remained in her possession till her demise in 2020, the public sale home mentioned.

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