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Mick Jagger's Love Letters To Be Auctioned

Marsha Hunt, Mick Jagger’s former lover and the mother of his first child, is set to sell the Rolling Stones lead singer’s love letters to her at Sotheby’s auction house. Ms. Hunt is rumoured to be the inspiration for the Rolling Stones’ 1971 hit, ‘Brown Sugar’, something she has confirmed twice in writing.

The 10 handwritten letters were penned in the heady summer of 1969 and sent from Australia, where Jagger was filming the movie ‘Ned Kelly’. In them, a young Mick waxes lyrical on a broad range of themes including the poems of Emily Dickinson, his meeting with writer Christopher Isherwood, the moon landing, the Isle of Wight festival, the death of Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and the ongoing saga of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. They are expected to fetch anywhere between £70,000 and £100,000.

“The letters speak for Mick at an incredible juncture of our lives,” said Ms Hunt “The summer of 69 was the end of a whole era of revolutionary spirit – we didn’t know it was about to die. And who knew that this group of boys making music would 50 years on be still celebrated as a voice of the period?”

“They are much the best letters by Jagger to have come up at auction,” said Gabriel Heaton from Sotheby’s. “It is obviously a really important time in terms of cultural history. He has a strong sense of irony about himself and what it is to be a superstar. He is very self-aware”

Despite Jagger being reportedly unhappy about the imminent sale, Ms Hunt insists that she has not reached what was an important decision for her through any sense of spite. Having survived a battle with cancer, she has stated that she is in straitened financial circumstances and urgently needs money.

Meanwhile Jagger and the Stones are gearing up for their recently announced concerts in London and New Jersey to celebrate 50 years at the top of the rock n roll game.

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