Bob Dylan’s letters for sale


A deeply private assortment of affection letters wherein a teenage Bob Dylan tells his high-school sweetheart that he envisions altering his title and promoting one million data goes up for sale in Boston.

The Hibbing, Minnesota, boy — nonetheless identified then as Bob Zimmerman — wrote the 42 letters totaling 150 pages to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959. The missives, to be auctioned by RR Auction, have by no means earlier than been made public and make clear a interval within the folk-rock icon’s life for which not a lot firsthand data is thought.

“This archive is among the most culturally vital of the twentieth century now we have ever provided,” stated RR Auction Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston, a giant Dylan fan.

The assortment, together with a lavish Valentine’s card, is a “first-person account of Dylan’s adolescence,” he stated.

Hewitt’s daughter discovered the letters after her mom died in 2020. They, together with the unique envelopes addressed in Dylan’s handwriting, are being provided as a single lot with a beginning bid of US$250,000. Bidding closes on Nov. 17.

RR Auction will not be releasing the precise content material of the letters forward of time, however they take care of timeless and common teenage considerations: garments, vehicles, and musical tastes, the public sale home stated.

Dylan, now 81, additionally included snippets of poetry and professed his love for Hewitt. Perhaps most impressively, he additionally imagined his future success.

In one letter, he asks Hewitt for suggestions about altering his title (Little Willie and Elston are talked about within the letters), and writes about promoting one million data (he is truly offered about 125 million) and showing on “American Bandstand” in entrance of throngs of screaming ladies.

“They actually give an intuition into how he will current himself,” Livingston stated. “It exhibits that Dylan dreamed all this up, and all of it got here true — he foresaw it.”

Alas, like most teenage romances, it got here to an finish. In one of many final letters, the long run Nobel laureate asks Hewitt to return the images he despatched her.

But it appears doubtless Dylan didn’t neglect her. Hewitt’s daughter informed RR Auction that Dylan referred to as her mom someday within the late Nineteen Sixties after he’d hit the large time and requested her to return to California. She turned him down.

Hewitt was a redhead, and Livingston speculates that Dylan’s references to redheaded or auburn-haired girls in some songs had been impressed by Hewitt, together with “Tangled Up in Blue” the place in a single line he wonders “if her hair was nonetheless pink.”

Hewitt moved on, apparently. She married one other Hibbing man, however divorced within the late Seventies after seven years and by no means remarried, her daughter informed the public sale home.


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