Music legend Dylan’s art for auction in Louth

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A PAINTING by music icon Bob Dylan is set to be auctioned in Louth – and is expected to fetch between £30,000 and £40,000.

The South Dakota Landscape, painted in 2008 by Dylan, real name Robert Allen Zimmerman, will go under the hammer at John Taylor’s in Louth on October 11.

Seventy-year-old Dylan created the watercolour, which shows the view out of a window, as part of his Drawn Blank series.

And auctioneer and assistant salesroom manager at John Taylor’s, Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon, is excited that the piece has come to Louth for sale. He said: “It’s a real privilege that the item has come to John Taylor’s. It’s one of the highlights of the year for us and a real surprise.

“We’re expecting a very strong turnout for the auction. There will probably be standing room only.”

Dylan’s art has been the subject of much critical acclaim from within the industry, with the National Gallery of Denmark showcasing his 40-piece acrylic Brazil series.

Dylan, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and recorded 34 studio albums, has been on the road since 1988 as part of his Never Ending Tour.

And Alastair is convinced the painting is inspired by the musician’s travelling. “He’s been on the road seeing so many different places and sights, and that must have translated into his art,” he said. “It’s a really strong painting, although it has a certain naivety to it which is very warm. It’s almost certainly drawn from memory.”

“I’d rather see it go to someone who will hang it on their wall and really appreciate it.

“But it could also go to someone for an investment piece.”

The painting goes under the hammer on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 11 with proceedings getting underway at 10am. Viewings take place on Sunday, October 9 from 2pm until 4pm and the following day 2pm until 5pm.

For enquiries about the auction, call John Taylor’s on 01507 603648.