Bob Dylan’s Handwritten, Unpublished Ode to Wisconsin For Sale

Opening bid is set at $30,000

(KMSP) – Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for an unpublished song about Wisconsin is scheduled to be auctioned off in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The opening bid is set for $30,000.

Dylan was 20 years old when he wrote the song in November 1961, less than a year after he moved from New York from Minnesota. Just a month prior he had signed on with Columbia Records.

“Dylan pens a song about Wisocnsin, where he lived in late 1960 before moving to New York, and also where he spent time as a teenager at summer camp,” the auction house description of the item says. “the lyrics were given by Dylan to Peter Crago, a musician with whom Dylan briefly lived in New York in 1961.”

He gave the lyrics to a fellow musician he was living with at the time, according to the listing on the auction house website.

“Madison, Milwaukee set’s my heart aglow,” the lyrics read. “I’m coming to that Dairy State, my hearts’s a beating fast.”

The two pages of handwritten, signed lyrics are being auctioned off by the Los Angeles-based auction house, Nate D. Sanders Auctions. The auction ends at 3 p.m. PST.

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