Springsteen is "The Boss" - Collectibles & Memorabilia Hit the Auction Block

This year’s Rock 'n Pop Auction at Backstage Auctions is filled with an enormity of unique and rare collectibles from an assortment of legendary artists. The usual suspects - Beatles, Stones, Floyd, Zeppelin - notwithstanding, we have an impressive collection of distinctive relics from other legitimate giants of the Rock and Pop that is guaranteed to surprise even the most seasoned collector. Our collection of Bruce Springsteen items is a prime example.

We have over 40 unique Springsteen lots comprised of well over 100 exceedingly rare pieces - from unusual promotional and tour apparel, rare promotional swag and display items to vintage signed press photos, concert photos, negatives and album art proof prints - we’ve just about got it all! Featured below are just a few highlights of this amazing collection that we hope you will enjoy shopping as much as we enjoyed assembling!

For starters we’ll go wayyyyyyy back to the early days - 1973 to be exact - for this exceptionally rare live ‘Song to Orphans’ acetate! This piece is legendary, as the song has never been officially released. Bruce wrote the song shortly after his private audition with John Hammond at the CBS building in New York City, NY. The acetate featured in the auction, is the recording that dates back to Bruce’s performance at Max’s Kansas City in New York on January 31st, 1973. Slightly shorter versions of this performance circulate the internet - but those pale in comparison to owning the original acetate!

1972 Bruce Springsteen "Song To Orphans" Acetate
1972 Bruce Springsteen "Song To Orphans" Acetate

Also from the early 70s is this original 11 x 14 inch photo, made by Peter Cunningham at the request of CBS Records. The photo was taken at the New York offices of CBS Records, right before the release of Bruce Springsteen's ' Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.' release. The photo has been signed by Cunningham in the bottom right corner.

1973 Bruce Springsteen Original "Asbury Park" photo
1973 Bruce Springsteen Original "Asbury Park" photo

Fast forward several years to 1978 and here we find this awesome lot featuring three exceptionally rare promotional posters for Springsteen’s fourth album Darkness on the Edge of Town. Though Darkness wasn’t as commercially successful as its predecessor Born to Run, the album nonetheless remains a ‘must have’ for Springsteen fans, and these promotional posters are no exception. All three are in various different sizes, but all are generally in Excellent overall condition!

1978 Bruce Springsteen  Darkness on the Edge of Town Promo Poster
1978 Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town Promo Poster

Of course, no Springsteen collection would be complete or worthy of praise without a signed piece! This 1984 CBS press photo is boldly signed by Bruce and is in pristine condition!

1984 Bruce Springsteen Signed CBS Photo

Similarly - no ‘Boss’ collection would be justified without unique apparel! The 2012 Rock & Pop auction boasts a number of vintage Springsteen t-shirts, jackets and sweaters that one would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Take for example this 1984-1985 Born in the USA promotional silk tour jacket. These were produced by CBS Records and intended only for management and tour personnel! Good luck finding these elsewhere, let alone in flawless condition!

Born In The USA '84 - '85 Springsteen White Promo Tour Jacket
Born In The USA '84 - '85 Springsteen Promo Tour Jacket

This is just a very small sample of the 40+ overwhelming Bruce Springsteen lots assembled and featured in the Backstage Auctions 2012 Rock 'n Pop Auction.  The preview is LIVE and bidding begins November 3!

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