A collection of letters written by Bob Dylan to a childhood sweetheart more than 65 years ago has been auctioned for nearly $670,000. The 42 handwritten love letters, about 150 pages in total, were bought by the Portuguese bookshop Livraria Lello. This has been announced by the American auction house RR Auction.
Dylan wrote the letters between 1957 and 1959 to his high school girlfriend Barbara Ann Hewitt. At that time, the now 81-year-old American singer-songwriter was still known as Bob Zimmerman. In the letters he already confides to Hewitt that he plans to change his name. He also writes that he hopes that one day he will sell a million records. That would eventually be more than 125 million.
Furthermore, the letters are about all kinds of interests of Dylan, such as cars, clothing and of course music. There are also lines from poems. The love letters were found by her daughter in 2020, after Hewitt’s death.