Bruce Springsteen's Handwritten "Born to Run" Lyrics up for Auction
Published Nov 28, 2013Memorabilia collectors who were a little creeped out by the invasive relics of Axl Rose's marriage will want to take note of a new auction in which some classic Bruce Springsteen lyrics will be going under the gavel. A handwritten early draft of 1975's "Born to Run" is up for auction at Sotheby's.
The manuscript reportedly dates back to 1974. It consists of one page torn from a spiral-bound notebook, with 30 lines plus notes in the margins. Some of the words in this draft made it into the final version of the song (including "tramps like us, baby we were born to run"), but most of the lines were cut or altered.
The page will be on display at Sotheby's in New York starting on Saturday (December 30). It will be auctioned off on December 5 and is expected to fetch between $70,000 and $100,000.
The seller's identity hasn't been revealed, but the sheet apparently used to belong to Springsteen's former manager, Mike Appel. Sotheby's exec Richard Austin told the New York Times, "He sold it to a collector, who sold it to the current consignor."
He added, "Bruce Springsteen manuscripts don't come up often. There have been a few fragments over the last five to 10 years, but nothing of this importance. There are verses here that will be unfamiliar even to hardcore fans."
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