A handwritten working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 hit “Born to Run” will be offered at auction on December 5th in New York. Sotheby’s is estimating a pre-sale estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. The seller wasn’t revealed, but the document used to be in the collection of former Springsteen manager Mike Appel.
Springsteen used blue ink on a sheet of ruled notepaper to jot down his thought process that features 30 composed lines of the tune:
“This town’ll rip the (out your) bones from your back / it’s a suicide trap (rap) (it’s a trap to catch the young) your dead unless / you get out (we got to) while your young so (come on! / with) take my hand cause tramps / like us baby we were born to run.”
Some words were also written in the paper’s margins such as “Wild” and “Angles” along with a word that looks like “velocity” with the letter ‘t’ written in Springsteen’s curlicue cursive writing.
Springsteen is known to have an intensive drafting process, but few manuscripts of “Born to Run” are available. This example is only one of two that has been identified which includes some of the tune’s most famous lines.
The auction starts at 10 am EST on December 5th. You can bid online, but be sure to register at least 24 hours prior to the start of the bid.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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