Lot #634
Bob Dylan

In the wake of his storied motorcycle accident, Dylan applies for the “Replacement of Lost, Mutilated or Destroyed Registration Items”

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Estimate: $2000+


In the wake of his storied motorcycle accident, Dylan applies for the “Replacement of Lost, Mutilated or Destroyed Registration Items”

DS, signed “Robert Dylan,” one page, 7.25 x 3.25, no date [circa June 1967]. A State of New York Department of Motor Vehicles “Application for Replacement of Lost, Mutilated or Destroyed Registration Items” card for Bob Dylan's 1964 Triumph motorcycle, with two boxes marked in the upper section: “Registration Renewal Part 4” and “Validation Sticker.” The card has been filled out in another hand and contains the following fields: Last and first names: "Dylan, Robert"; Legal residence: "Box 125 Bearsville, New York, 12409"; Date of birth: "5/24/41"; Plate number: “1145”; Vehicle year and make: "1964, TRIUM"; Vehicle registration number: “M32539”; Color: “Red”; and Weight: “330.” The card is stamped with an expiration date of December 31, 1967. Signed on the reverse in black ballpoint by Bob Dylan. In fine condition.

The story of Dylan’s purported Woodstock motorcycle accident has since become a part of music legend. As it goes, on July 29, 1966, Dylan crashed his 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100 motorcycle near his home in Woodstock, New York, an accident that resulted in Dylan suffering lacerations to the face and scalp, a concussion, and breaking several vertebrae. No ambulance was ever called, but, by many accounts, Dylan ended up at the home of his friend Dr. Edward Thaler to recuperate, while in others, he was driven to Middletown Hospital, where, according to Dylan himself, he spent a week. Two other popular theories exist: the motorcycle accident was minor, a mere driveway tip-over, and the crash never happened, both of which feed into the belief that Dylan fabricated the story to exit his current mad rush lifestyle. Crash or no crash, Dylan withdrew from the public and, apart from a few appearances, he did not tour again for almost eight years.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #604 - Ended March 10, 2021

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