Bob Dylan superfan buys Zimmy’s childhood home

Rolling Stones feature uncovers why Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and Tom Petty fans have bought their heroes’ childhood homes.

While some fans collect their hero’s guitars, others take it a few steps further, buying stars’ childhood homes instead. Last month, Bill Pagel, a Hibbing, Minnesota resident purchased the house his idol Bob Dylan lived in between 1948 and 1959, according to a new feature by Rolling Stones.

Shockingly, this isn’t the only Dylan residence Pagel owns: In 2001, he bought another one in Duluth, Minnesota, where the rock icon and his family lived before shifting to Hibbing. “When you start collecting homes – and I’ve got two – I think that’s when you should probably get some professional help,” Pagel tells RS. “That’s end-stage collecting.”

But Pagel is not alone in this pursuit. Just last year, Lee Bacon, a lighting-design consultant and diehard grunge fan, dropped a cool $225,000 on Kurt Cobain’s family residence in Aberdeen, Washington, the RS feature notes.

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And this summer, a 110-square-meter house in Gainesville, Florida, where Tom Petty spent his younger days, caught the attention of a Californian real estate agent when it went up for sale. Ultimately, Petty’s ex-wife swooped in to purchase it for $175,000. She told RS that she does not have any plans for it yet, but she “had a feeling [they] in the family should own it.”

While six-figure sums seem like an unfathomable amount to spend on memorabilia, take a moment to recall that Duane Allman’s 1957 “Layla” Gibson Les Paul recently sold for $1.25 million. And his 1961/1962 Cherry Red Gibson SG for $592,000. Maybe collecting homes might be cheaper after all.

Read the full Rolling Stones feature here.

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