Bon Jovi ‘Slippery’ T-Shirt, Bruce Springsteen Lyrics Up For Auction

A piece of Bon Jovi history is up for auction – and yes, it’s dry now.

The tattered yellow t-shirt worn by model Angela Chidnese on the original album cover of Bon Jovi’s 1986 hit ‘Slippery When Wet’ is available at Julian’s Music Icons auction, which will take place May 20-22 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online at

The album cover shot at Bradley Brach by Mark Weiss with Chidnese wearing the wet t-shirt was ultimately rejected by Mercury Records executives as too risque for North American audiences.

“Mercury executives feared the risque image would result in the album being banned from US record stores and the cover art was changed at the last minute,” Julian’s explains in the auction description.

The inspiration for the image took place at a strip club in Vancouver, where the album was recorded.

The T-shirt worn on the rejected "Slippery when wet" Bon Jovi album cover.

“As we were walking back to Number Five, our favorite strip club in Vancouver, our manager Doc McGhee saw this sign on the road, ‘Slippery When Wet’,” former band guitarist Richie Sambora previously told VH1.

The album cover concept was born once the guys walked into the strip club.

Alas, “the censors didn’t let it happen,” Sambora said. Jon Bon Jovi improvised.

“(The blanket) is actually a Hefty trash bag with water sprayed on it,” Sambora said. “We held it on both sides and Jon wrote ‘Slippery When Wet’.”

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The album sold 12 million copies. The t-shirt should fetch between $1,000 and $2,000.

Handwritten lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's unreleased song

A single handwritten lyric sheet for Bruce Springsteen’s unreleased yet tantalizing song titled “Glory Road” is also up for auction.

It is not known if a version of it was recorded.

“The song was a candidate track for Springsteen’s third album (“Born to Run”) and was seen on his proposed track listings for the album,” read the auction description. “The song was later renamed ‘Born to Run,’ sharing some of the same lyrics, such as ‘Tramps like us, baby, we were born to run.'”

Most of the “Born to Run” album was written in the West End section of Long Branch. The expected price is between $20,000 and $40,000 for the lyrics.

The original drum kit used in the Quarrymen, the pre-Beatles band formed by John Lennon, and Madonna’s iconic “Material Girl” pink dress set, are also among more than 1,000 items up for auction.

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Jersey Shore native Chris Jordan covers entertainment and reporting for USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

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