MickJagger.comA collection of handwritten letters Mick Jagger penned in the summer of 1969 to his then-secret lover, American singer, actress and model Marsha Hunt, are set to be sold at a Sotheby's auction in London on December 12. The Rolling Stones singer wrote the 10 candid letters while in Australia filming the Tony Richardson-directed movie Ned Kelly.
The series of correspondences, which is expected to fetch between 70,000 and 100,000 pounds (between about $110,000 and $160,000), capture Jagger musing on a variety of interesting subjects. Besides professing his affections for Hunt, the singer comments on the literature he was reading at the time, the first lunar landing, his troubled relationship with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull and his opinion about John Lennon and Yoko Ono's public protests. One of the letters also includes the entire lyrics to The Stones' song "Monkey Man," along with several extra verses.
At the time, Hunt was known for her starring role in the London production of Hair. Jagger met her after she refused the band's request to appear on the cover of their single "Honky Tonk Women." Hunt went on to become the inspiration for the group's classic tune "Brown Sugar," as well as the mother of Mick's first child, Karis.
In a new interview with U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Hunt admits that she's auctioning the letters because she ***** the money.
"I'm broke. Anyone who has the impression that I have money knows nothing about me," she explains, adding, "Someone will protect [the letters] and someone who protects them will protect me because I will make enough money from the sale to repair my house in France."
As for what Jagger's opinion might be about her selling the notes, Hunt says, "I don't think [he supports it] but they're not his."
In addition, she suggests that the missives are important because they shine a light on an iconic figure during a historic time.
"This is Mick in his own words," she points out. "This is part of English history, it is part of rock history, part of cultural history and it corrects all the misinformation."
For more information about the sale, visit Sothebys.com.
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