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A collection of secret love letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger are hitting the auction block at Sotheby’s in London next month.
The letters were written during a tumultuous period for Jagger in 1969. He wrote them from Australia to his lover at the time, Marsha Hunt, who is the mother of his first child. She is also the inspiration for the iconic Stones song “Brown Sugar.”
Jagger had been in Australia working on the film Ned Kelly.
Hunt explained to the Guardian why she suddenly decided to sell the letters.
“I'm broke,” she said. “Anyone who has the impression that I have money knows nothing about me,” she said, adding that even her friends are surprised at how little money she has when they visit her home in France.
The 66-year-old then decided that it would be best to sell the letters, which reveal a romantic and articulate Jagger few have ever seen before. “Someone will protect them [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 and if I fall down tomorrow with a stroke, which is happening with several of my friends, my daughter doesn't have to say 'what are we going to do about mom?'”
She added that the buyer will see that they are “a piece of history.”
According to The Associared Press, Sotheby’s calls the letters “passionate and articulate” and show Jagger being “poetic and self-aware” at age 25.
The auction house is expecting that the entire collection will go between 70,000 and 100,000 pounds ($111,300 to $159,000). The auction will take place on Dec. 12.
The auction comes while the Stones are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The group will be performing two shows in London later this month.