Bob Dylan collectibles



2015-06-26 11:20:34

Bob Dylan is a United States singer-songwriter, and regarded as being among the most influential figures in 20th century music.

Dylan has been recording and performing since 1962, mixing folk, country, blues and rock. His landmark albums are Highway 61 Revisited (1965) and Blonde on Blonde (1966).

For almost twenty-three years, since 7th June 1988, Dylan has embarked on his so-called “Never-ending Tour”, ceaselessly playing around 100 shows a year.


Value on the collectors’ markets

According to the industry’s PFC40 Autograph Index, the value of a Bob Dylan signed photo grew by 117.9% over 10 years; from £895 in 2000 to £1,950 in 2010.

An early discontinued version of Dylan’s 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is one of the most valuable on the on the collectors’ markets. The stereo version is valued at £23,000 ($35,000).


Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941, Duluth, Minnesota, United States. He grew up in the iron-range town of Hibbing. Key moments in the young singer’s life include his adopting of the name “Dylan” after poet Dylan Thomas and travelling to New York in search of his folk idol Woody Guthrie.

Dylan began performing professionally in the early-1960s in Greenwich Village, New York City, coffeehouses. His first album, Bob Dylan, was released in 1962.

Audience cry of “Judas”

His songs "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'" became anthems of the civil rights movement.

In 1965, Dylan adopted electrically amplified instruments and the rhythms of rock and roll in a major departure. This lead to a cry of “Judas” at a Manchester, England, concert in 1966 by fan Keith Butler – regarded as a watershed moment in Dylan’s progression from folk hero to rock icon.

Landmark albums Highway 61 Revisited (1965) and Blonde on Blonde (1966) established Dylan as a leading figure in rock music. His lyrics, meanwhile, influenced by poetry and partly by the Beat movement, brought new complexity to the pop music lexicon.

The film of Dylan's 1965 tour, Don't Look Back, is considered one of the great rock-n-roll documentaries.

Motorcycle accident

After a 1966 motorcycle accident, Dylan released a number of country albums with a muted, reflected tone. His first number one hit, "Knocking on Heaven's Door," came in 1973.

Other praised LPs from this era include Blood on the Tracks (1975), Time Out of Mind (1997) and Love and Theft (2001). He is perhaps the most admired and influential American songwriter of his time.


Awards given to Bob Dylan include:

  • Lifetime Achievement Grammy, 1991
  • Three Grammys in 1997 for his album Time out of Mind
  • Oscar for Things Have Changed from the movie Wonder Boys (2000)

Dylan's tune "Like A Rolling Stone" was named the #1 song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004.


Artists who have collaborated with Dylan include Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and The Grateful Dead.

"100 Most Valuable U.S. Albums"

Dylan’s 1963 LP The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is currently listed top of Goldmine Album Guide's list of the "100 Most Valuable U.S Albums.”

The album’s original run was scrapped due to last minute changes by Dylan to its track list “for artistic reasons.” Somehow, some vinyl with the original track order found their way onto the market.

Though rare, this version of "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" is actually available in two slightly different formats. The mono edition is currently valued at £13,600 ($21,000). The stereo version is valued at £23,000 ($35,000).

Notable sales

Music memorabilia

The lyrics to A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan were composed in 1962. The original, handwritten lyrics were sold in August 2009 in an online auction for $51,363.60.

An autograph manuscript signed "by Bob Dylan" of his lyrics for The Times They Are A-Changin' written in pencil on a sheet of unruled three-hole notebook paper, was sold by Sotheby’s for $422,500 in New York during December 2010.


A jacket worn by Dylan in Martin Scorsese's concert documentary The Last Waltz was sold by Cameo Auctioneers in the UK, in May 2010 for £3,760.

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