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Mick Jagger Love Letters Sell for More than $300K at London Auction

12/12/2012

MickJagger.comA collection of handwritten letters Mick Jagger penned in the summer of 1969 to his then-secret lover, American singer/actress/model Marsha Hunt, sold for a whopping 187,250 pounds, the equivalent of about $302,000, at a Sotheby's auction in London on Wednesday.  The Telegraph reports that the purchaser was a private collector who submitted the winning bid via telephone.  The notes went for much higher than the expected sale price, estimated to be between about $110,000 and $160,000.

The Rolling Stones frontman wrote the 10 letters while in Australia filming the Tony Richardson-directed movie Ned Kelly.  The correspondence features the rock legend musing about a wide variety of topics.  In addition to professing his affection for Hunt, the singer comments about the books he was reading at the time, the first lunar landing, his troubled relationship with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull and more.  One of the missives includes a set of expanded lyrics for the Stones song "Monkey Man," along with several extra verses.

Hunt was the inspiration for the Stones classic "Brown Sugar," and ended up giving birth to Jagger's first child, a daughter named Karis, in 1970.  However, she and the rock star never maintained a steady relationship.

In a November interview with The Guardian, Hunt admitted she was auctioning off the letters because she was broke.  Regarding Jagger's opinion about the sale, she said, "I don't think [he supports it] but they're not his."

Hunt also contended that the notes had significant historical value, stating, "This is Mick in his own words…This is part of English history, it is part of rock history, part of cultural history and it corrects all the misinformation."

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