A collection of personal letters from a young Bob Dylan to his high school girlfriend has been sold at auction to a renowned Portuguese bookstore for around $670,000 (£564,000).
Livraria Lello in Porto, Portugal, which calls itself ‘the world’s most beautiful bookstore’, will house an archive of 42 handwritten letters totaling 150 pages for Dylan fans and researchers to study. . Said.
Dylan, who grew up in Hibbing, Minnesota, wrote between 1957 and 1959 when Barbara Ann Hewitt was still known as Bob Zimmerman. They offer insight into a lesser-known period of his life.
Of note are some of the letters Dylan wrote about wanting to change his name and sell a million records. Decades later, Dylan, now 81, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016 and has sold nearly 125 million records.
The young musician also expresses his love for Ms. Hewitt, inviting her to a Buddy Holly show, introducing a few snippets of poetry, and talking about cars, clothes, and music.
Hewitt’s daughter found the letter after her mother passed away in 2020. The original envelope, addressed in Dylan’s handwriting, was sent to the Hewitt family’s new home in the Minneapolis-St. Paul suburb of New Brighton.
Several other items of Dylan memorabilia were also sold at the auction. Among them was an archive of 24 “untitled poems” written while the singer-songwriter was attending the University of Minnesota, which sold for around £210,000. Dylan over £20,200.