Jagger’s former lover, who inspired 'Brown Sugar,' to sell letters

 

 
 
 
 
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
 
 

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LONDON — Handwritten letters from Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to his former lover Marsha Hunt will be auctioned here next month.

Hunt is an American-born singer who was the inspiration for the Stones’ 1971 hit Brown Sugar and bore Jagger’s first child.

Sotheby’s said Saturday that Hunt has tasked the auction house with selling 10 letters written from the set of Jagger’s film Ned Kelly, which was shooting in Australia.

Hunt said the letters chronicling their “delicate love affair” and secret history touch on subjects such as the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

“When a serious historian finally examines how and why Britain’s boy bands affected international culture and politics, this well-preserved collection of Mick Jagger’s handwritten letters will be a revelation,” Hunt said in a statement distributed by the auction house.

Sotheby’s books specialist Gabriel Heaton said the letters sent in the summer of 1969 show a “poetic and self-aware” 25-year-old Jagger.

“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,” Heaton said.

Sotheby’s said the collection, which includes song lyrics and a Rolling Stones playlist, is expected to fetch between $111,300 and $159,000 when it goes under the hammer Dec. 12.

 
 
 
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Letters that Mick Jagger, shown in July file photo, wrote when he was 25 to his lover, singer Marsha Hunt, will be auctioned next month in London.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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