Bruce Springsteen memorabilia collection valued at $7.5 million
An incredible private collection of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia has been offered for sale, with a price tag of $7.5 million.
The collection belongs to real estate developer and super-fan Michael Crane, who spent seven years amassing an archive of handwritten lyrics, guitars, clothing and personal items.
Having previously contributed exhibits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 2014 Crane created the online Bruce Springsteen museum Blindedbythelight.com, featuring more than 300 artefacts.
Now the entire collection is set to be sold through memorabilia specialists Moments in Time.
The collection traces Springsteen's career back to his first band The Castilles, which he joined in 1965 when he was just 16 years old.
The band played a handful of gigs around New Jersey and New York, and even recorded two original songs at a public recording studio entitled 'Baby I' and 'That's What You Got'. Today just four acetate copies of the recording are known to exist – one of which is included in the collection.
The collection includes numerous notebooks and sets of handwritten lyrics from throughout Springsteen's career, including 'Born in the U.S.A.', 'Rosalie', 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out' and 'Born to Run' – the anthem which catapulted him to the top of the charts and international stardom in 1976.
Back in December 2013, another set of handwritten draft lyrics for Born to Run sold at Sotheby's for $197,000.
Also on offer are the original flannel shirt worn by Springsteen on the cover of his 1980 album The River, and his black leather jacket from the iconic cover of Born to Run.
Amongst the most notable personal items in the collection are Springsteen's 4F draft card, which exempted him from service in the Vietnam War on medical grounds; his temporary drivers license from 1974; and his 8th grade report card, on which he received a 'D' for music.
Although the entire collection is currently being offered for sale as a single lot, Moments in Time owner Gary Zimet has suggested he may consider selling pieces individuall
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