London: A draft of Bob Dylan`s popular song `Like a Rolling stone` has been sold for a record breaking USD 2 million at an auction.
The working draft of the song in Dylan`s own handwriting went to an unidentified bidder on Tuesday. The selling price, USD 2.045 million, included a buyer`s premium, reportedly.
"The manuscript is the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem," the auction house said, adding the bid has created the world record for a popular music manuscript.
The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers.
Dylan, now 73, was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she is cast from upper-class social circles.
The auction house described the seller as a longtime fan from California "who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan". He was not identified.
John Lennon`s handwritten lyrics for `A Day in the Life`, the final track on the Beatles` classic 1967 album Sgt Pepper`s Lonely Hearts Club Band, sold for USD 1.2 million in 2010, the record for such a sale at that time.