Mick’s love letters to ‘Brown Sugar’ sold
News / 13 Dec '12, 6:00pm
London - Sir Mick Jagger's love letters have sold at auction for £187,250.
The 10 handwritten notes had been expected to fetch between £70,000 and £100,000 when they were sold in London on Wednesday (12.12.12) but auctioneers Sotheby's said a private collector bidding by phone wanted to pay the high price.
This 1969 portrait made available by Sotheby's shows American-born singer Marsha Hunt. Photo: Sotheby's/Courtesy of Justin de Villeneuve. Credit: AP
The letters were written by the 69-year-old rocker in 1969 from the Australian set of his movie 'Ned Kelly' and were sent to his former girlfriend Marsha Hunt, the mother of his first child Karis and inspiration behind The Rolling Stones' hit single 'Brown Sugar'.
Marsha, 66, has previously revealed the correspondence chronicles their "delicate love affair" and they discuss topical subjects of the moment like the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's relationship.
Sotheby's books specialist Gabriel Heaton said the collection - which also included song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist - show a "poetic and self-aware" young Mick.
He added: "They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony." - Bang Showbiz