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Mick Jagger's love letters sold in London auction

December 13, 2012|By Gerrick D. Kennedy
  • Mick Jagger's love letters, including this one, to American-born singer Marsha Hunt have brought more than $300,000 at a London auction.
Mick Jagger's love letters, including this one, to American-born… (Sotheby's / Associated…)

A set of letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to a secret lover in the late 1960s sold big at a London auction Wednesday, with a buyer dropping more than 187,250 pounds ($301,000) on the notes.

The collection of 10 letters, dated from the summer of 1969 (when Jagger was just 25), were on the auction block at Sotheby's in London.

Jagger’s love notes were written to the American-born singer Marsha Hunt while he was in Australia filming "Ned Kelly."

Hunt, believed to be the inspiration for the band's 1971 hit "Brown Sugar," put the notes -- which included song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist -- up for sale because “the passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history,” according to the Guardian newspaper. She also said she needed the cash to pay bills.

Jagger's relationship with Hunt was largely kept secret. In 1970, she gave birth to the rock star's first child, Karis Jagger Hunt.

As for the buyer? It’s reported to be a private collector.

Below, watch a clip of the band performing "Brown Sugar" in 1971:

Gerrick Kennedy


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