Bob Dylan’s one-off ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ record sells for £1.5m

Dylan re-recorded the song on one of T Bone Burnett’s new Ionic Original discs

Bob Dylan’s rare re-recording of ‘Blowin’ In The Wind’ has sold for £1,482,000 at Christie’s. The record marked the debut of the Ionic Original format disc, the new medium by T Bone Burnett.

The disc, etched with Dylan and Burnett’s signatures and housed in a custom walnut and white oak cabinet, is completely unique, and is Dylan’s first re-recording of the song in 60 years. Playable on any turntable, the new Ionic format is described as “the pinnacle of recorded sound” by Burnett.

Blowing In The Wind (Live On TV, March 1963)

“It felt holy,” he told BBC News. “It always feels holy for me, playing with Bob – and I think we did it in one take, if I’m not mistaken.”

T Bone Burnett also expressed his excitement ahead of the auction, stating that ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ is “both deeply relevant for our times and resonant with decades of the artist’s life and experience. 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.”

The final sale exceeded the original price estimated by the auction house, which was set at between £600,000 to £1m, and went to an anonymous bidder.