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Bob Dylan poems fetch $78,000 at US auction

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NEW YORK, Nov 21 (AFP) - A collection of poems written by folk music legend Bob Dylan during his brief college stint was sold Monday to the tune of 78,000 dollars at a New York auction.

The Christie's auction also included objects owned by The Doors' late frontman Jim Morrison and rock guitar virtuosos Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

The 16-page Dylan poetry collection, which includes poems from his time at the University of Minnesota in 1959-1960, was snatched up by an unidentified European buyer.

The sale broke the record buy for a singer's manuscript. The collection had been estimated to sell between 60,000 and 80,000 dollars.

The title page was inscribed in blue ink with "Poems Without Titles," while the poems were written in pencil and signed "Dylan" or "Dylanism."

Many poems show the folk singer's "witty and sometimes coarse sense of humour," his desire to stop smoking and his relationships with various women, according to Christie's.

"I have to quit smoking But I can't quit smoking I love to smoke Almost as much As I love to love," says one poem.

A Fender composite Stratocaster electric guitar owned by Clapton was sold to an American buyer for 36,000 dollars. The guitar, from 1959 or 1960, had a sale estimate of between 3,000 and 5,000 dollars.

A medallion worn by Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, when he famously set his guitar on fire, found no buyer. The piece had been estimated to sell for between 60,000 and 80,000 dollars.

The words to the song "Not To Touch the Earth" written by Morrison also went unsold with an estimated sale of between 40,000 and 60,000 dollars.

The rock and pop memorabilia auction offered 192 objects, 155 of which were sold for a total 661,536 dollars



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