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Springsteen's 'Born to Run' lyrics fetch $250,000 at Sotheby's

Bruce Springsteen performs in "Springsteen on Broadway,"which has been consistently sold out, at the Walter Kerr Theater in New York, Oct. 12, 2017. Springsteen opted not to contend for competitive Tony awards, disqualifying his show from consideration by declining to invite Tony voters to see it. Awards administrators said that they had decided to give the 68-year-old rock idol an honorary Tony. (Sara Krulwich/ Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

A working manuscript of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" sold for $250,000 at Sotheby's.

The lyrics to the 1975 anthem, ranked as the New Jersey native's greatest song, was purchased at Sotheby's Fine Books & Manuscripts auction, Midori Tanaka, a company spokeswoman, said Friday in an email. The buyer's identity wasn't disclosed.

The piece, which was purchased in the middle of the estimated range, previously sold for $197,000 in 2013, also at Sotheby's, and was later exhibited at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University.

The seller at the latest auction was Floyd Bradley, a Duke benefactor whose parents met in 1942 while they were students there, according to the university's website.

The sale price includes Sotheby's $50,000 commission.

Story by Katya Kazakina.