A one-off re-recording of Bob Dylan’s hit song Blowin’ in the Wind has sold at auction for nearly £1.5million.
The release is the song’s first studio recording since Dylan wrote it in 1962. It was sold by Christie’s in London on Thursday.
The sale, at £1,482,000, exceeded the auction house’s original estimated price of between £600,000 and £1m.
The recording was made in March 2021 with long-time Dylan collaborator T Bone Burnett and featured as part of Christie’s “Big Sale” during its Classic Week.
Burnett said he hoped the recording, offered on Ionic Original – a new audio medium, would help “develop a musical space in the fine art market”.
He said: “I trust and hope it will mean as much to anyone who acquired it today at Christie’s bumper sale as it does to all of us who did, and that they will consider it and will take care of it like a painting or any other singular. work of art”.
This year marks Dylan’s 60th anniversary as a recording artist and Blowin’ in the Wind, which was written for his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Americana Senior Specialist, Books and Manuscripts, said: “We are delighted with tonight’s excellent result for the Ionic Original disc of Bob Dylan’s first new studio recording of Blowin’ in the Wind since 1962. .
“Working with such a significant and groundbreaking advancement in analog readout technology is a tremendous honor. We’re thrilled this is just the beginning of this incredible new opportunity for recording artists to work with T Bone and NeoFidelity to reset the value of music.