Numerous letters and unpublished lyrics from the American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan were auctioned on Thursday for an amount of 495,000 dollars (more than 417,000 euros).

Auction house RR Auction reports this on Friday.

The letters and lyrics were in the hands of Dylan's close friend and blues singer Tony Glover, who passed away in 2019.

Glover's widow, Cynthia Nadler, decided to put the collection up for auction this year.

The winner has not been announced.

In one of those letters, Robert Allen Zimmerman, the real name of Dylan born in 1941, explained that he changed his name for fear of anti-Semitism.

"Many people have the impression that Jews are just money lenders and merchants. They think that all Jews are like that," said the singer.

In another letter, the ten-time Grammy winner confessed that his love song

Lay Lady Lay

from 1969 was not made for the soundtrack of the movie

Midnight Cowboy

, but was previously written in honor of Barbra Streisand.

Glover and Dylan met in the 1960s as emerging artists in Minneapolis and have been friends ever since.

Over the years they exchanged several letters.