June 29 - Bob Dylan's handwritten lyrics to go under hammer at entertainment auction. Cindy Martin reports.
They were Bob Dylan's protest words against war. But in 1962, his record company Columbia deemed the lyrics for "Let Me Die In My Footsteps" to risque for the times. The selection of handwritten lyrics are Bonham's top lot in their upcoming Entertainment Memorabilia sale and could fetch up to 86,000 (U.S.) dollars. The auction house's Entertainment Senior Specialist Katherine Williams talks about the significance of the lyrics. SOUNDBITE: Senior Specialist At Bonhams Entertainment Department In Knightsbridge Katherine Williams, saying (English): "They're from his 1962 song 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps', which wasn't actually released until 1991. He'd hoped to have it in his 1963 album 'Freewheelin'' but Columbia Records were quite concerned about the political nature of the song and the fact it was anti-war." Other items of note include Freddie Mercury's Harlequin costume suit, estimated between 13000 to 19000 USD. A red suit with blue arm band belonging to the late King of Pop Michael Jackson is also estimated at that price. A number of James Bond items are set to go under the hammer, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the film franchise. A Prada dress worn by Bond girl Olga Kurylenko in "Quantum of Solace" are amongst the items, as is the eponymous weapon in "The Man With The Golden Gun". Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale takes place on July 3. Cindy Martin, Reuters