Mick Jagger's love letters will auction for $159,000 at Sotheby's


2015-06-26 13:03:16


Mick Jagger's love letters will auction for $159,000 at Sotheby's

Love letters sent by the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger to Marsha Hunt will sell on December 12

A remarkable collection of love letters from the Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to his lover Marsha Hunt will provide the centrepiece of Sotheby's English Literature and History sale in London on December 12.

Mick Jagger Marsha Hunt Love Letters auction Sotheby's"I feel with you there is something so unsung there is no need to sing it."

Marsha Hunt - an American model, singer and actress who has consigned the letters - first met Mick Jagger when she was asked to pose for an advert for Honky Tonk Woman, which she subsequently refused.

However, following a call from Jagger, his reported "shyness and awkwardness" soon won her over and the pair shared a relationship that lasted for around 10 months. Hunt is said to have been the inspiration for Brown Sugar from 1971's Sticky Fingers album and is the mother of Jagger's first child, Karis.

She commented: "They're addressed to me. I was 23, American born, Berkeley educated, and London based. Our delicate love affair remains as much part of his secret history as his concerns over the death of Brian Jones and the suicide attempt of his girlfriend, Marianne Faithful."

Mick Jagger Marsha Hunt love letters auctionJagger's letters were written following Marianne Faithful's suicide attempt on the set of Ned Kelly

The revealing letters originate from the summer of 1969, while Jagger was in Australia filming Ned Kelly, and the pair's relationship was still a closely guarded secret. As well as candid insights into the love affair, the letters also detail Jagger's experiences in the music industry and his cultural interests.

Also including the full lyrics for the song Monkey Man and a nine-song handwritten track list, the collection will sell for 80,000-100,000 ($127,000-158,750).

Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering an extremely rare opportunity to own Mick Jagger's handwritten lyrics to an unpublished song, as well as his autograph and the autographs of all members of the Rolling Stones.

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