touching and sometimes presentable collectionA high school sweetheart has been sold at auction in a famous Portuguese bookstore for nearly $670,000.
The Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which bills itself as “the most beautiful bookshop in the world,” is set to complete the collection of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages, auctioneer RR Auction said in a statement. and plans to make it available for scholarly study. Friday.
Dylan, a native of Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote the letters to Barbara Ann Hewitt between 1957 and 1959, when he was still known as Bob Zimmerman. They provide insight into a period of his life about which little is known.
Remarkably, in some of the letters Dylan wrote about changing his name and hoping to sell a million records. Decades later, Dylan, now 81 and the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature, has sold some 125 million records.
The young musician also expresses his affection for Hewitt, inviting him to a Buddy Holly show, including short pieces of poetry, and talking about things that generations of high school students have been talking about. There are concerns, such as cars, clothes and music.
Hewitt’s daughter received these letters after her mother’s death in 2020. The original envelopes, addressed in Dylan’s handwriting, were sent to the Hewitt family’s new home in Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of New Brighton.
Several other items of Dylan memorabilia were also sold at the auction, including a collection of 24 “poems without titles” written when the singer-songwriter attended the University of Minnesota, which sold for nearly $250,000; and one of the earliest known signed photographs of Dylan, which sold for over $24,000.
Other high ticket items have also been sold recently.
a“The Day the Music Died” sold for $447,000, and Sold for $46,500.