A Bruce Springsteen memorabilia collector's dream is up for sale at the price of $7.5 million. The "Ultimate Springsteen Collection," as it's being billed by dealer Moments in Time, contains more than 300 items ranging from the rock icon's guitars to lyrics to clothing and more.
According to Moments in Time CEO Gary Zimet, the collection's seller accumulated the goods over an 11 year period of time that began after he first purchased the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible in which Springsteen wrote "Born to Run." He then began collecting fervently, building his own personal museum and contributing pieces to exhibits at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Some of the items included in this set for sale are Springsteen's 4F card excusing him from service in the Vietnam War, different drafts of "Born to Run" lyrics and the original flannel shirt Springsteen wore on the cover of his The River album. (The Bel Air is not included in the collection for sale.)
"It's extraordinary that one person could assemble such a truly unbelievable collection," said Zimet.
The collection also includes lyrics to "Born in the U.S.A.," "Rosalita," "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," a lyric notebook from 1968 containing 18 early songs, the Martin acoustic guitar used in on the recording of "Born To Run" and more. There are as well artifacts of Springsteen's first band, The Castiles, including an original acetate and early promotional photo. And amongst some of the more personal items previously owned by Springsteen are an 8th grade report card (mostly Ds), a passport photo and an address book from 1972 featuring a number of notable contacts and song lyrics.
The price for all the items is fixed but Zimet said he would consider selling pieces individually.
Earlier this year, separately, Moments in Time put the cars in which both Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur were fatally shot up for sale priced at $1.5 million each.