Christie’s is set to auction Bob Dylan’s first new studio recording of his hit song, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’.
The new recording is Dylan’s first for the song since 1962 and it comes from a special session with multi-Grammy Award-winning producer T. Bone Burnett. It is also the first recording to take advantage of Burnett’s patented technology, Original Ionicof his business NeoFidelity, Inc.
The disc is auctioned on July 7 in London and is expected to sell for between £600,000 and £1,000,000.
According to a press release about the auction, “A first in music history: this opportunity to acquire a new recording of Bob Dylan’s seminal song is a defining moment.”
Burnett says of the technology used to create the Original Ionic disc, “advances the art of recorded sound and marks the first breakthrough in analog sound reproduction in over 70 years, achieving dramatic improvements in listening experience and durability.”
The sale comes on the 60th anniversary of Dylan’s recording career.
The auction “presents a unique opportunity for international collectors, music fans, historians, aficionados and audiophiles,” according to the press release.
Exclusive “Blowin’ In The Wind” In-Person Listening Experiences Original Ionic will take place before the auction: by appointment in Los Angeles on June 8 and in New York on June 15 and as part of the public presale exhibition in London from July 2 to 7.
“Christie’s is delighted to offer this unique recording of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, one of the most important songs written in the last century, on this revolutionary new ‘Ionic Original’ format,” said Peter Klarnet. , Christie’s Senior Specialist, Americana, Books and Manuscripts. “I completely share T. Bone Burnett’s passion for sonic excellence in analogue sound and it is only fitting that this important development be offered as a standout lot in The Exceptional Sale, London on July 7, 2022.”
Burnett added, “Sixty years after Bob first wrote and recorded ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’, he gives us a new recording of his song; one that is both deeply relevant to our times and resonates with decades of the artist’s life and experience. We are grateful to Christie’s for their confidence in the ‘Ionic Original’ and for presenting Bob’s masterful recording to the world in a unique and meaningful way.
Launched on the small stage of Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village in April 1962, Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” became an instant classic and is now firmly embedded in the fabric of American culture.
Dylan first recorded the song for Columbia on July 9, 1962 for their second album, Bob Dylan coasting. He enters the studio again in 2021 to re-record the song with his friend Burnett. Unlike Dylan’s 1963 release which reached platinum status, only one copy of this new recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind” will be offered via the new audio medium. Original Ionic.