Another good sale was lyrics to another Dylan classic, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,” sold for $485,000. Sotheby is the world’s fourth oldest auction house in continuous operation, with 90 locations in 40 countries, with more than 1,400 employees worldwide. Sotheby is a multinational corporation, originally British , established on 11 March 1744 in London, but now headquartered in New York City, one of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles. Interested sellers are required to fill out the Sotheby’s Auction Estimate Form, providing thorough information on the item and email the form and a photograph of the item to Sotheby’s. But in this case, according to Sotheby’s, the lyrics were put up for auction by a man identified only as a fan from California “who met his hero in a non-rock context and bought [the lyrics] directly from Dylan.