Dylan "poem" on sale was actually Hank Snow song

Wed May 20, 2009 12:33pm EDT
 
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By Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A "poem" purportedly written by a teenage Bob Dylan and up for auction at Christie's is actually a song written by the late Canadian country singer Hank Snow, the auction house said on Wednesday.

Christie's announced on Tuesday the sale of the hand-written poem believed to have been written in 1957 when Dylan was 16 and away at Jewish camp.

But Christie's failed to detect that the words, with a few minor variations, matched those of a song previously recorded by Snow, who died in 1999 at age 85.

Reuters discovered the lyrics matched the Snow song when alerted by a reader. Snow fans also told Christie's of the oversight.

"Additional information has come to our attention about the handwritten poem submitted by Bob Dylan to his camp newspaper, written when he was 16, entitled 'Little Buddy.' The words are in fact a revised version of lyrics of a Hank Snow song," Christie's said in a statement.

"This still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob Dylan and Christie's is pleased to offer them in our Pop Culture auction on June 23."

Christie's expects the manuscript to fetch $10,000 to $15,000.

Christie's said Dylan, still using his given name Robert Zimmerman, signed the piece Bobby Zimmerman and submitted it to the Herzl Camp newspaper. The editor of the paper kept it for more than 50 years and recently donated it to Herzl Camp, a Jewish camp in Wisconsin, Christie's said.   Continued...

 
<p>A hand-written poem by a teenaged Bob Dylan and signed Bobby Zimmerman is seen here in this undated handout photo from Christie's Auction House May 19, 2009. The poem goes on auction on June 23 during a Christie's pop culture sale, the auction house said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Handout</p>