Signed 1978 letter from AC/DC great Bon Scott is up for auction

Bon Scott (Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives - Getty)

A letter signed by AC/DC great Bon Scott is currently up for auction online.

The letter is from 1978, with the late vocalist addressing the letter to a friend named Valerie while the band were on tour across the US in support of their Powerage album. 

In the three-page document, Bon touches on various subjects, including the band’s gruelling touring schedule, his finances – and about the wellbeing of drummer Phil Rudd.

Bon says: “Phil had a bit of a nervous breakdown and had to spend a lot of time with a shrink. It was really bad, but luckily he got over it quickly enough not to upset the band. We had to treat him with kid gloves for a bit but he's OK now.”

As for life on the road, Bon says: “We've worked so much since I saw you last that it's all one hell of a blur. Must have been across the country and up and down it a million times – I'm beginning to feel and look just a little haggard. 

“I’d love to check myself in to a sanitarium for a month, but after this tour, it's straight to Europe and England for a month and then back here for the winter-end of the year. So the next time you see me it might be in a geriatric ward.”

The letter is being auctioned online at Nate D. Sanders Auctions, and has a reserve price of $6500.

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