Mick Jagger's love letters beat estimate by 87% at Sotheby's

A series of love letters that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger sent to his lover Marsha Hunt has highlighted Sotheby's highly-anticipated English Literature, History, Children's Book and Illustration auction, which was held today (December 12) in London.

Mick Jagger Marsha Hunt love letters auction
Jagger's letters were written shortly after Marianna Faithful's suicide attempt on the set of Ned Kelly

The collection, which was consigned by Hunt herself, sold for £187,250 ($302,265) bringing the auction's second highest bids.

Hunt, an American model, singer and actress, first met Jagger when she was asked to pose for an advertisement for Honky Tonk Woman, which she subsequently refused. However, the pair shared a relationship that would last 10 months and see Jagger's first child, Karis.

Prior to the sale, 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."

The letters originate from the summer of 1969, while Jagger was filming Ned Kelly in Australia. Also included in the collection is Jagger's handwritten lyrics for Monkey Man.

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Fraser Collectibles is currently offering an extremely rare opportunity to own Mick Jagger's handwritten lyrics to an unpublished song, as well as his autograph and the autographs of all members of the Rolling Stones.


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