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Small gallery scoops Dylan's art

Bob Dylan
Dylan has sold more than 110 million albums since his first release in 1962

A small art gallery in the Scottish Borders has been chosen to showcase a rare collection of paintings by the music legend Bob Dylan.

The Breeze Art Gallery in Peebles is one of only two in Scotland to host the exclusive collection, made by the singer songwriter from 1989 to 1992.

Fans will have the chance to buy signed prints of 29 watercolours.

The collection, called The Drawn Blank Series, will also be on show at Glasgow's Princes Square gallery.

Bob Corsie, director of the Breeze Gallery, said the phones had been ringing constantly since it was announced that the prestigious works were coming to the town.

'Truly special'

"I think there will be a lot of people coming here to have a look," he said.

"Breeze has been brave enough to feature his work and I think there will be a lot of other galleries kicking themselves when they see just how successful his art is because this isn't just another singer releasing artwork.

"You can see just how truly special the works are when they are hung in a quality way."

Woman in Red Lion Pub portfolio (Copyright Bob Dylan 2008)
The Woman In Red Lion Pub portfolio is one of the most popular pieces

Each of the watercolours are limited to 295 editions but Mr Corsie said collectors would be attracted by the fact that Dylan has signed every one.

"Each and every single print is hand-signed by Bob Dylan and that in itself is really something quite special because Dylan doesn't sign things these days," he said.

"In fact, he has always been quite against it.

"So having these works hanging here with his name on the bottom really is special in itself."

The prints range in price from 1,000 to 35,000 for the full set.

The gallery's director predicted a huge turnout for the week-long show.

"There are only 295 editions of each piece and there are some which have so much interest that we think we could be sold out within days," he said.

"Beyond the weekend I think they will be very, very hard to come by at all.

"They are all individually signed and it's just a fantastic piece of art to have in your house."

In a career spanning almost five decades, Dylan has sold more than 110 million albums, the latest of which - Modern Times - reached number one in the US in 2006.

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