'Like a Rolling Stone' draft sold for $2 million
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 1979: Folk icon, Bob Dylan, performs at 1979 San Francisco, California, concert at the Warfield. Dylan has written a number of memorable songs including 'Blowin' in the Wind,' 'Like A Rolling Stone,' and 'Maggie's Farm.' (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
View of the cover of the 45rpm single 'Like a Rolling Stone' b/w 'Gates of Eden' by Bob Dylan, which features portrait of Dylan as he stands on a street, 1965. Published by CBS Inc. in France, it has a catalogue number of EP 6107.(Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
View of the cover of the 45rpm single 'Like a Rolling Stone' b/w 'Gates of Eden' by Bob Dylan, which features portrait of Dylan as he plays an acoustic guitar ans sings into a microphone, 1965. Published by CBS Inc. in Sweden, it has a catalogue number of S 1.952. (Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPT 17: Bob Dylan. Photo taken by Toronto Star photographer Frank Lennon. Sept. 17, 1965. (Frank Lennon/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 25: The Fender Stratocaster electric guitar played by musician Bob Dylan on July 25, 1965 at Newport Folk Festival, better known as 'the night Dyan went electric' is seen at an auction preview at Christie's on November 25, 2013 in New York City. The guitar is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
US legend Bob Dylan performs on stage during the 21st edition of the Vieilles Charrues music festival on July 22, 2012 in Carhaix-Plouguer, western France. AFP PHOTO / FRED TANNEAU (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP/GettyImages)
US President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to musician Bob Dylan during a ceremony on May 29, 2012 in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The award is the country's highest civilian honor. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
Singer Bob Dylan performs onstage during The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
NEW YORK (AP) -- A draft of one of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," sold Tuesday for $2 million, which the auction house called a world record for a popular music manuscript.
A working draft of the finished song in Dylan's own hand went to an unidentified bidder at Sotheby's. The selling price, $2.045 million, included a buyer's premium.
The manuscript is "the only known surviving draft of the final lyrics for this transformative rock anthem," Sotheby's said.
The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles: a hat, a bird, an animal with antlers. The stationery comes from the Roger Smith Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Dylan was 24 when he recorded the song in 1965 about a debutante who becomes a loner when she's cast from upper-class social circles.
"How does it feel To be on your own" it says in his handwriting. "No direction home Like a complete unknown Like a rolling stone."
Scrawls seem to reflect the artist's experimentation with rhymes.
The name "Al Capone" is scrawled in the margin, with a line leading to the lyrics "Like a complete unknown."
Another note says: "...dry vermouth, you'll tell the truth..."
Sotheby's described the seller as a longtime fan from California "who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought directly from Dylan." He was not identified.
The manuscript was offered as part of Sotheby's rock and pop music sale.
In 2010, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "A Day in the Life," the final track on the Beatles' classic 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," sold for $1.2 million, the record for such a sale.