This year marks the 60th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s iconic song Blowin’ in the Wind. To celebrate the occasion, Christie’s is auctioning Dylan’s first new studio recording of the song since 1962, from a recent session with Grammy-winning producer T Bone Burnett.
Exclusive in-person listening experiences of the new recording of Blowin’ In The Wind, which was captured using Burnett’s new patented Ionic Original technology, will take place in advance of the July 7 auction as part of Christie’s Classic Week, by appointment, in Los Angeles (June 8) and New York (June 15) and as part of the public pre-sale exhibition in London (July 2-7).
The auction of the recording—which coincides with Dylan’s 60th anniversary year as a recording artist—presents a unique opportunity for international collectors, music fans, historians and audiophiles alike. Christie’s estimates the lot will garner between $750,000 and $1.25 million, an estimate that reflects the market for “best of the best” unique music lots as assessed by a team of experts from the auction house.
In a 2o13 auction, Christie’s fetched $965,000 for the 1964 solid-body Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar Dylan used on various occasions including his groundbreaking electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival in July 1965.
Debuted on the diminutive stage at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village, NY, in April 1962, Blowin’ in the Wind immediately connected with the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s and has become woven into the fabric of American culture and and other burgeoning social movements since. The song has been covered by hundreds of artists through the years, including Peter, Paul & Mary, Stevie Wonder, Johnny Cash and Duke Ellington.
Dylan first recorded the song on July 9, 1962 for his second studio album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, which was released by Columbia in May 1963. He entered the studio again in 2021 to rerecord it with his friend Burnett, and created only a single copy of this new recording that will be offered on Burnett’s audio medium Ionic Original, which Burnett says offers the greatest fidelity and durability available on an analog record.
“Sixty years after Bob first wrote and recorded Blowin’ In The Wind, he is giving us a new recording of his song; one that is both deeply relevant for our times and resonant with decades of the artist’s life and experience,” said Burnett. “We’re grateful to Christie’s for their belief in the Ionic Original and for presenting Bob’s masterful recording to the world in a unique and meaningful way.”
Sony Music Entertainment in January announced it had fully acquired Bob Dylan’s entire back catalog of recorded music, as well as the rights to multiple future new releases, in a deal valued between $150 million and $200 million.
Dylan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama on April 26, 2012, the 5oth-anniversary year of the song. In 2016 the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the artist “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”