A record featuring an iconic song by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan has sold for over $1 million.
The disc featured a new recording of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which the star recorded in 2021 with the help of multi-Grammy Award-winning producer Joseph Henry “T Bone” Burnett III.
This is according to Christie’s Auctions & Private Sales.
Dylan, 81, originally released “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1963 along with his second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.”
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The folk song went on to achieve platinum status and was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994.
Christie’s auctioned the new record on July 7 at its “Classic Week: Exceptional Sale” event in London.
The winning bid almost reached $1.77 million.
Dylan’s producer Burnett, the founder of NeoFidelity Inc., said the recently re-recorded song is a breakthrough in audio technology.
While the new ionic original record resembles long-playing vinyl records of the past and is even playable on existing vinyl playback equipment, the new recording has “sound quality” with re-addressed analog sound.
The modifications would have been made with advanced nanotechnology and material science.
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“[Canadian philosopher] Marshall McLuhan said that a medium surrounds a previous medium and transforms the previous medium into an art form, like film did with novels, like television did with cinema, like the Internet. has done with television and as digital has done with analog,” Burnett said in a statement.
“With Bob Dylan’s new version of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, our first ionic original archival analog record, we have entered and aim to help develop a musical space in the fine art market,” continued Burnett.
“I trust and hope this will mean as much to anyone who acquired it today at Christie’s bumper sale as it does to all of us who made it,” he added, “and that ‘they will regard it and care for it as a painting or any other singular work of art.’
The original recording of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” celebrated its 60th anniversary this year.
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The song brought Dylan’s music to the world stage and had a cultural impact in the 1960s when it was often used during “burgeoning social movements”, according to Christie’s.
Reuters contributed to this article.