Dylan and the doors! And it’s just cost £70,000 to buy one he opened in 1960s
The door to Bob Dylan’s room at New York’s Chelsea Hotel has just been sold for £70,000.
It was one of 50 doors from the hotel sold by a former tenant who got hold of them after renovation work began in 2011.
The door to a room used by Janis Joplin and Leonard Cohen for a sex act chronicled in the song Chelsea Hotel brought in an orgasmic £55,000.
The hotel was built in the 1880s and became a long-term residence for generations of singers, poets and writers.
Jack Kerouac wrote his classic On the Road while staying there in the 1950s – the door to his room sold at auction for $30,000.
The hotel was also a bolthole for Mark Twain, Tom Wolfe and science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke who wrote the screenplay for 2001: A Space Odyssey there.
The most infamous incident to take place in the building happened in 1978 when Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols was charged with murder after Nancy Spungen was found stabbed to death in the room they shared.
Other doors to go under the hammer at Guernsey’s auction house included that of actress Edie Sedgwick’s room, where artist Andy Warhol filmed Chelsea Girls. It sold for $52,500. The door to guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s room went for $13,000. The door to a room used by singer Madonna, actress Isabella Rosselini and filmmaker Shirley Clarke also sold for $13,000.
Jim Georgiou, who saw them being thrown away grabbed them, said: “For me they were history and beauty and connected to my heart. They’re precious because there are so many people who’ve been through them.”
A small group of long-term residents are still living on the upper floors while the renovation work continues.
Meanwhile, Dylan has launched his own whiskey called Heaven’s Door.
The star filed for a trademark on the term “bootleg whiskey” in 2015, which caught the eye of liquor entrepreneur Marc Bushala and led to the new collection.
The Heaven’s Door line includes three whiskeys, a straight rye, a straight bourbon, and double-barrelled whiskey.