Bob Dylan manuscript could yield millions of dollars

This undated photo provided by Sotheby’s shows a working draft of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” one of the most popular songs of all time. The draft, in Dylan’s own hand, is coming to auction in New York on June 24, 2014 where it could fetch an estimated $1 million to $2 million. Sotheby’s says it is “the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem.” (AP Photo/Sotheby’s) AP

"Like A Rolling Stone" transformed the career of Bob Dylan.

The song marked a moment in history when the artist made the transition from folk to rock. But owning part of that piece of history will likely come with a hefty price tag.

Sotheby's is auctioning off the hand-written final draft of the legendary tune. The four pages of lyrics, revisions, notes and even doodles could make this the most expensive hotel stationary in the world. The manuscript is expected to fetch anywhere between $1 million and $2 million.

"When you look through the four manuscripts, you see numerous edits and changes," said Richard Austin, head of Sotheby's Books and Manuscripts Department. "Bob Dylan manuscripts are incredibly sought after. Not just because of his role as a rock icon, but also he's now seen as a serious poet."

Dennis McDougal, author of "Dylan: The Biography," says Dylan changed the language of music. He even compares these lyrics to Shakespeare.

"The lyrics are phenomenal," McDougal told CBS News. "What he did in terms of the shear poetry of that song has never been duplicated. How much would you pay for an original working draft of King Lear?

In 2004, Dylan sat down with the late Ed Bradley on "60 minutes" and reflected on his songwriting during the 60's.

"I don't know how I got to write those songs," Dylan said. "Those early songs were like almost magically written."

The 6-minute song was ranked the greatest song of all time in 2011 by Rolling Stone magazine, and has remained a staple at concerts, the musician closing each performance with the classic hit.

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