Some very costly Bob Dylan manuscripts are to be sold off in an auction soon.
Other stuff from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis will feature among the sold items. One of Dylan’s manuscripts could sell for $2 million while another one could sell for $400,000 to $600,000.
"A lot of this material is the soundtrack for a generation," Richard Austin, Sotheby's head of books and manuscripts.
They are artifacts and memorabilia that hold immense value for avid collectors. There are several other objects of desire among the things that will be placed on the auctioneer’s block.
Elvis’s suit is one of them and a piano played by many musicians collectively too can be counted among them. Finally, a piece of paper signed by Jimi Hendrix also is there.
"Bob Dylan is probably the most studied rock performer of the last 40 years," said Austin. "Rock and roll was so intrinsically tied to the social change in the 60s and also to the generation that was coming up."
Sotheby’s head spoke of how most of this was a source of memories for an entire generation. From Presley to Punk, the items ranged from $200 to $2 million.
"Elvis always is an icon, and there are quite a few items from Elvis, as well as punk material and posters from the 60s and 70s," said Austin.
Bob Dylan and his memorabilia are way up there on the top. The 60s generation to which he belongs is the very epitome of rock n roll music.
It symbolizes the height of freedom and a spirit of existence that the whole world was watching. Kurt Cobain’s destroyed guitar is part of the picture. And so is Elvis’s jumpsuit.
"One of the ways we planned the sale was to give a range of material, both in terms of its estimate and what kind of material it is," he said.
"The market is becoming a little more mature and advanced and we had the chance to offer the Dylan manuscripts, which I think are incredibly important."
Michael Jackson’s drawings got included in the ensemble. The iconic status of both Elvis and Michael for their respective generations is something which cannot be forfeited.
Sotheby’s is testing the waters to see how the audience’s response will be to the rock n roll auction. If it is good well then that is hunky dory. But if it is not positive well then they will have to pack things up as far as this auction is concerned.
The range of material items which will serve as memes in the mind of the collectors and possessors is extensive as well as intensive. Sotheby’s lives up to its claim as the best auction market on the face of the planet.