Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten harmonicas and lyrics will be auctioned later this month.
The 72-year-old singer’s notes for ‘Thunder Road’, ‘For You’ and ‘Night’ will go under hammer on October 28 via Bonhams, as will two mouth organs used on the original recordings of ‘Thunder Road’ and ‘Johnny 99 ‘.
Bruce wrote the lyrics to ‘Thunder Road’ in quill on four pages of lined notebook paper, and although it contains the entire song recorded for the 1975 ‘Born to Run’ album, the last page presents two different drafts of the first verse.
The âFor Youâ document is also written in pen on lined notebook paper and has two minor differences from the recorded version; the line âbut you don’t need my emergencyâ is omitted and the word âyourâ is used instead of âmyâ in the words âdon’t give me my money, honeyâ.
The three page lyrics of ‘Night’ are identical to the album version.
The ‘Thunder Road’ manuscript has an estimated selling price of between $ 50,000 and $ 70,000, while the other two are expected to fetch between $ 25,000 and $ 30,000.
Meanwhile, the Hohner Marine Band “F” harmonica used on ‘Thunder Road’ is expected to fetch $ 5,000 to $ 7,000 while the Hohner Marine Band “E” harmonica used on the album ‘Johnny 99’ Bruce’s Nebraska ‘in 1982 is expected to bring in $ 2,000 – $ 2,500.
Both instruments are in a box and come with signed, dated and notarized letters from Mike Batlan, who was The Boss musical instrument technician from 1973 to 1985.
The objects were previously owned by a private collector, who initially acquired them from musical instrument technology.
The auctioneers previously announced that the same sale will also see a slew of Beatles memorabilia go under the hammer, including two handwritten setlists from the band’s early days.