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Bruce Springsteen's handwritten lyrics of 'Born to Run' sells for $197,000

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Rock & Roll icon Bruce Springsteen has made millions on his songs over the last few decades. As one of the greatest rock stars of all time, even the written lyrics to one of his most popular songs is making money. As Reuters reports on December 5, Springsteen's handwritten draft to his hit song "Born to Run" was auctioned off for $197,000.

The 1975 hit quickly became an American anthem which made the draft taken from a notebook page very valuable according to Richard Austin, head of Sothby's books and manuscripts department. He told Reuters:

"This was done in 1974 when he was going through preparing for his third album. And there is a story he tells about sitting on the edge of his bed with his guitar and the phrase 'born to run' comes into his head. And what you are actually looking at is the process he goes through to get the finished song."

Springsteen's cursive writing was estimated to sell at about $70,000 to $100,00 and nearly doubled that. The draft also contained many unpublished and unrecorded lyrics and according to Sothby, had a "nearly perfected chorus."

Sothby also notes that because of Springsteen's intensive drafting process, "few manuscripts of 'Born to Run' are available, with the present example being one of only two identified that include the most famous lines in the song."

One of those lines is Bruce Springsteen's famous shout: "Tramps like us, baby, we were born to run."

If he only knew how much value that line would bring him years later.


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