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Bob Dylan makes £2m profit after selling Scottish Highlands home

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It was built between 1911 and 1914 as a holiday home for businessman Archibald Merrilees, who founded Russia’s first department store, M&M, in the mid-19th century. He was forced into a sale after the family’s fortunes were hit by the Russian Revolution in 1922.

Aultmore was later used as a Second World War convalescent hospital and a finishing school owned by a New Zealand-born spy who survived imprisonment in Colditz.

‘Used Highlands imagery in his work’

Dylan, 82, has previously used imagery from the Highlands in his work, including in the song named after the area on Time Out of Mind, the 1997 Grammy Award-winning album. “My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I roam / That’s where I’ll be when I get called home,” he sang.

In 2004, Dylan was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from the University of St Andrews.

He was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Aultmore featured in the television drama Monarch of the Glen and became a popular wedding venue before it was purchased by Dylan.

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