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A collection of 10 letters written by famed rocker Mick Jagger to singer Marsha Hunt in the summer of 1969 have sold at Sotheby’s for over $300,000.
The letters are thought to be the inspiration behind the Rolling Stones’ hit “Brown Sugar,” which Jagger wrote in Australia while filming the movie Ned Kelly.
Hunt, who gave birth to Jagger’s first child, Karis, told The Guardian last month that she would be selling the letters so she can pay some bills, declaring at the time "I'm broke.”
Yahoo reports that Jagger kept his relationship with Hunt, who’s African American, a secret until 1972.
In the letters, Jagger touches on many subjects, such as the relationship between John Lennon and Yoko Ono to his relationship with Marianne Faithfull, who he was also dating at the time.
“The passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history,” said Hunt after the sale, MSN reports. "1969 saw the ebbing of a crucial, revolutionary era, highly influenced by such artists as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and Bob Dylan.”
She said of the letters, “I was 23, American-born, Berkeley-educated and London-based. Despite his high profile and my own... our delicate love affair remains as much part of his secret history as his concerns over the death of Brian Jones and the suicide attempt of his girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull."