Bruce Springsteen harmonicas and handwritten lyrics go up for auction

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Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten songs “Thunder Road”, “For You” and “Night” will go up for auction later this month.

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The October 28 sale through Bonhams will also include two harmonicas that were used on the original recordings of ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Johnny 99’.

The four-page ‘Thunder Road’ manuscript is written in pen on notebook paper ruled by Springsteen. It contains the entire song recorded by The Boss for their 1975 album, ‘Born to Run’, but the final page contains two different drafts of the opening verse. It is estimated to sell for somewhere between $50,000 and $70,000.


The lyrics of ‘For You’ are also penned on ruled notebook paper. It coincides almost exactly with the final version of the album, but it does not include the line “But you don’t need my urgency” and the line contains the word “your” instead of “my” and the line “Don’t give me mine”. Money, honey”. It is estimated that it will go for $25,000 to $30,000.

The ‘Night’ manuscript is of three pages and the words are shown as they appear in the album. It is estimated to sell for $25,000 to $30,000.

As for the harmonica, the one used on ‘Thunder Road’ is accompanied by an Honor Marine Band “F” harmonica box, and it comes with a signed, dated and notarized letter from Mike Butlan, who wrote a musical instrument for Springsteen. Worked as a Technician. from 1973 to 1985. It is expected to attract $5,000 to $7,000.

The second harmonica is a Honor Marine Band “E” harmonica used on the song ‘Johnny 99’ from Springsteen’s 1982 album Nebraska. Coming once again with a box, also accompanied by a signed and dated letter from Butlan regarding the origin. It is expected to attract $2,000 to $2,500.

All the goods are in the hands of a private collector who collects from Batlan.


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To learn more about the auction and how to bid, visit the Bonhams website Here.

Elsewhere at the auction, there will be several Beatles memorabilia from the band’s early days, including two handwritten setlists.

Howard Kramer, Bonhams’ senior expert on music in its popular culture department, explained the importance of both setlists in a statement. Rolling stone.

“At this point, the Beatles were about to become a band in the true sense,” he said of the 1960s setlist. “Pete Best just had to join the band and the first Hamburg engagement was almost two months out. Too soon, there’s no looking back.”

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