Bruce in Talks to Sell His Music Catalog? in The Circuit - Bruce Springsteen Posted November 4 According to one report I read, between his music publishing and record catalog, Bruce's work could fetch something on the far side of $450MM. According to that same report, many artists are choosing this payout option as a way to pass down the value of their work without burdening their heirs with the need to administer it. Apparently publishing and catalog licensing takes a lot of work to administer properly and ensure profitability. That said, I really don't know how these deals work other than the seller usually gets the fattest paycheck they've ever seen. Also, there have been other deals for high-value assets that had conditions built into the deal. When the Playboy Mansion West was sold, for example, the deal stipulated that Hugh Hefner, who was still alive at the time, be allowed to continue living there until his death, which was only a year or two later, if memory serves. Bruce could potentially set conditions on how certain assets were used while he is still alive. He could also include retaining ownership of his new material for a specified period of time.