A collection of touching and sometimes prophetic personal letters written by young Bob Dylan to a high school girlfriend has been auctioned off to a prominent Portuguese bookstore with price is nearly 670,000 USD.
Auctioneer RR Auction says Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which calls itself “the most beautiful bookstore in the world,” plans to keep an archive of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages for those Dylan’s fans and scholars study. Friday.
Dylan, from Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959 when he was still known as Bob Zimmerman. They provide an insight into a period in his life that not much is known about.
Notably, in several letters, Dylan writes about changing his name and hoping to sell a million copies. Decades later, Dylan is now 81 and the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature has sold about 125 million records.
The young musician also expressed his feelings for Hewitt, inviting her to a Buddy Holly performance, including short verses and talking about things that many generations of high school students care about, such as cars. , clothes and music.
Hewitt’s daughter found the letters after her mother’s death in 2020. Original envelopes with an address in Dylan’s handwriting were sent to the Hewitt family’s new home in Minneapolis-St. Paul, a suburb of New Brighton.
Several other Dylan memorabilia also sold at the auction, including an archive of 24 “Untitled Poems,” written when the singer-songwriter attended the University of Minnesota, which sold for nearly $250,000; and one of the earliest known autographed photographs of Dylan went for more than $24,000.