A set of touching and typically prescient private letters written by a younger Bob Dylan to a highschool girlfriend has been bought at public sale to a famend Portuguese bookshop for almost $670,000.
The Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which payments itself as “the World’s Most Beautiful Bookshop,” plans to maintain the archive of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages full and accessible for Dylan followers and students to check, auctioneer RR Auction mentioned in a press release Friday.
Dylan, a local of Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote the letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959 when he was nonetheless referred to as Bob Zimmerman. They present an perception right into a interval of his lifetime of which not a lot is understood.
Remarkably, in among the letters Dylan writes about altering his identify and hoping to promote one million information. Decades later, the now 81-year-old Dylan and 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature has bought about 125 million information.
The younger musician additionally expresses his affection for Hewitt, invitations her to a Buddy Holly present, consists of little fragments of poetry, and talks in regards to the types of issues that generations of highschool college students have been involved about, reminiscent of vehicles, garments and music.
Hewitt’s daughter discovered the letters after her mom died in 2020. The unique envelopes addressed in Dylan’s handwriting have been despatched to the Hewitt household’s new dwelling within the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of New Brighton.
Several different gadgets of Dylan memorabilia have been additionally bought on the public sale, together with an archive of 24 “Poems Without Titles” written when the singer-songwriter attended the University of Minnesota, which bought for nearly $250,000; and one of many earliest identified signed images of Dylan that went for greater than $24,000.