Bob Dylan fans – here’s something to excite you on a mundane day! This year marks not only the 60th anniversary of Bob Dylan as a recording artist but of one of the most iconic songs written in the last century – “Blowin’ in the Wind.” And to commemorate the occasion, the iconic music star’s first new studio recording of the melody since 1962 was sold for a whopping $1,769,508 at The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s London.
Coming from a special session with multi-Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett, on the groundbreaking Ionic Original disc (which is the first recording to utilize this patented technology from Burnett’s company, NeoFidelity, Inc.), the recording was estimated to sell for anywhere between $7,15,362 to $11,92,270 (approx.) but went under the hammer for much higher.
Commenting on it, Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Senior Specialist, Americana, Books, and Manuscripts said, “We are so pleased with the excellent result this evening for the ‘Ionic Original’ disc of Bob Dylan’s first new studio recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind” since 1962. To work with such an incredibly important and groundbreaking advance in analogue playback technology is a tremendous honor. We are excited that this is just the beginning for this amazing new opportunity for recording artists to work with T Bone and NeoFidelity to reset the value of music.”
Remarking similarly, T Bone Burnett, Founder of NeoFidelity Inc. and multi-Grammy-winning producer added, “Marshall McLuhan said that a medium surrounds a previous medium and turns the previous medium into an art form, as film did with novels, as television did with film, as the internet has done with television, and as digital has done with analogue. With Bob Dylan’s new version of “Blowin’ In The Wind”, our first Ionic Original archival analogue disc, we have entered and aim to help develop a music space in the fine arts market. I trust and hope it will mean as much to whomever acquired it today at Christie’s Exceptional Sale as it does to all of us who made it, and that they will consider it and care for it as a painting or any other singular work of art.”
Well, here’s saluting the legacy of Bob Dylan one more time!