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Bob Dylan Signed 1965 "Tarantula" Four-Page Publishing Contract With Full JSA LOA

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The Bard's FIRST book! Yes, the 2016 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature wrote the poems and prose of Tarantula during his mid-1960s heyday in Greenwich Village, before finally publishing the work in 1971. To put the massive significance of that timing in its proper historical context, Dylan was working on Tarantula while electrifying the Newport Folk Festival and penning what many consider the greatest rock song of all time—"Like a Rolling Stone." His $5000 contract (plus 15% royalties) with Macmillan Company is dated October 7th, 1965, just a few months after the release of Highway 61 Revisited. It features his black-ink "8-9"-strength signature along with 4 initialings of "BD." Dimensions are 8-1/2" x 14" and condition is technically VG but with much more attractive display appeal. Back in 2018, a later Tarantula publishing contract (from 1972) sold at auction for just shy of $4,000. The seminal, original document, presented here, boasts even greater promise. Full LOA from JSA.

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