Mick Jagger's Secret Love Letters Auctioned For £187,250


Ten private love letters written by The Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger have been put up for auction by his former lover, selling for a whopping £187,250.

The passionate notes were sent to his secret flame Marsha Hunt in the summer of 1969 and, according to the auctioning house, show the rock star as a "poetic and self-aware" 25-year-old.

Hunt, who was the inspiration for the Stone's 1971 hit single 'Brown Sugar,' put the letters for sale using Sotheby's in London.

They sold for more than double their estimated price of £70,000, going to a private collector via telephone bid.

Southeby's book specialist, Dr Gabriel Heaton said of the sale: "We are delighted with the result of today's sale which reflects the great significance of these letters, written at such a vivid moment in social and musical history."

Mick Jagger's Secret Love Letters Auctioned For £187,250Mick Jagger's Secret Love Letters Auctioned For £187,250

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Written from a film set in the outback just after the Stones' landmark Hyde Park concert, the letters, which included song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, give an insight into both the man and the cultural events of the time.

Hunt said, "The passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history.

"1969 saw the ebbing of a crucial, revolutionary era, highly influenced by such artists as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Bob Dylan."

Hunt believes that the impact the band had on world history made the letters worthy of public sale: "their inner thoughts should not be the property of only their families, but the public at large, to reveal who these influential artists were – not as commercial images, but their private selves."

The secrecy of the relationship between Marsha and Mick will no doubt have added to the interest, and value placed on the letters.

"Despite his high profile and my own, 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 Faithfull"

"Someone, I hope, will buy those letters as our generation is dying and with us will go the reality of who we were and what life was."

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