Bruce Springsteen's early, handwritten manuscript to Born to Run, his 1975 star-making hit, is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000 when it goes up for auction in June, Sotheby's said on Friday.
Reuters reports that the working draft, a single page of ruled paper pulled from a spiral notebook, is written entirely in Springsteen's hand, the auction house said.
Most of the handwritten lyrics did not make it into the final version of the four-and-a-half minute song, a soaring rock anthem in which the singer asks his lover to break free with him from a small US town. The manuscript does contain a near match to the completed chorus, Sotheby's said.
Rolling Stone magazine has rated Born to Run Springsteen's greatest achievement and No. 21 on its list of greatest songs ever recorded.
The song was the first track on side two of his third album, also entitled Born to Run. The album was his breakout success that sold more than six million copies in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
The manuscript, which Sotheby's said is being put up by a private American collector, last went under the hammer in 2013 when it sold for $197,000 at the auction house.
Original song lyrics have become a booming market for collectors. Bob Dylan's original, handwritten lyrics for Like a Rolling Stone sold for more than $2 million at auction in 2014,and Don McLean's original manuscript for American Pie fetched $1.2 million in 2015.
Springsteen is currently starring in his own one-man show, Springsteen on Broadway, in New York in which he tells stories about his life and career, and plays some of his songs.
The Born to Run lyrics will be sold as part Sotheby's June18 to 28 online auction of books and manuscripts.