Bruce Springsteen’s harmonicas and handwritten lyrics are up for auction
Handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen’s songs “Thunder Road,” “For You” and “Night” are set to go under the hammer at auction later this month.
The sale – due to take place via Bonhams on October 28 – will also feature two harmonicas that were used on the original recordings of “Thunder Road” and “Johnny 99”.
The four-page “Thunder Road” manuscript is written by Springsteen in pen on lined notebook paper. It contains the entire song recorded by The Boss for their 1975 album, “Born To Run,” but the last page features two different versions of the opening verse. It is estimated to sell for between $ 50,000 and $ 70,000.
The lyrics to ‘For You’ are also written in pen on lined notebook paper. It almost perfectly matches the final version of the album, but it doesn’t contain the line “but you don’t need my urgency” and has the word “your” instead of “my” in the line “don’t don’t give me my money, honey ”. It is estimated that it will range from $ 25,000 to $ 30,000.
The manuscript ‘Night’ is three pages long and presents the words as they appear on the album. It is estimated to sell for between $ 25,000 and $ 30,000.
As for the harmonicas, the one used on ‘Thunder Road’ is a Hohner Marine Band “F” Harmonica with box, and it is accompanied by a signed, dated and notarized letter from Mike Batlan, who worked for Springsteen as a technician. musical instruments from 1973 to 1985. It is expected to draw from $ 5,000 to $ 7,000.
The second harmonica is a Hohner Marine Band “E” Harmonica which was used on the song “Johnny 99”, taken from Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album in 1982. Again delivered with a box, it is also accompanied by a signed and dated letter from Batlan regarding provenance. He should draw $ 2,000 to $ 2,500.
All the objects were in the hands of a private collector who acquired them from Batlan.
To learn more about the auction and how to bid, visit the Bonhams website here.
Elsewhere in the auction, there are plenty of Beatles memorabilia up for grabs, including two handwritten setlists from the band’s early days.
Bonhams senior music specialist for their popular culture department, Howard Kramer, explained the importance of both setlists in a statement to Rolling stone.
“At this point the Beatles were on the verge of becoming a band in the truest sense of the word,” he said of the 1960 setlist. “Pete Best had not yet joined the band and the The first engagement in Hamburg was expected in about two months, but very quickly there was no turning back.