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WA govt revealed as Bon Scott letter buyer

The WA government has revealed it was the buyer of a 1978 Bon Scott letter written while AC/DC was on tour in the US.

The buyer of a letter penned by former AC/DC frontman Bon Scott in 1978 has been revealed as the West Australian government, which paid $14,000.

In the three-page correspondence to his childhood friend Valerie Lary while the hard rock band were on tour in Pittsburgh, USA, the then-Fremantle resident wrote about the challenges of recording a live album and the gruelling tour schedule.

He also wrote about the band's alcohol consumption and his money troubles.

The letter is on display in the State Library until next month and adds to the music recordings, photographs, books, posters, and newspaper and journal articles of Bon Scott and AC/DC in the library's heritage collection.

Arts minister David Templeman described it as a "dynamite acquisition".

"This unique document is a one-of-a-kind treasure and a rare insight into the life of one of WA's most celebrated music legends," Mr Templeman said.

Scott died in 1980 from alcohol poisoning, aged 33.

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