Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run Manuscript Sells For Almost Double Auction Estimate

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December 5, 2013 | 2:14pm EST

A handwritten manuscript of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 classic Born To Run has smashed auction estimates after going under the hammer for $197,000.
Many of the lyrics featured in the early draft of the Boss’ signature song never made it into the finished track, although the piece of rock ‘n’ roll history included a “nearly perfected chorus”, according to officials at Sotheby’s auction house in New York.
The 1974 document was valued at up to $100,000, but it was snapped up by a mystery buyer on Thursday for almost double the estimate.
The lyric sheet was discovered in a collection of memorabilia previously owned by the rocker’s former manager, Mike Appel.