Mick Jagger's love letters to former lover Marsha Hunt up for auction
A collection of love letters written by Mick Jagger in the summer of 1969 is going under the hammer in London next month. The handwritten notes were sent by the Rolling Stones frontman to his former lover and muse Marsha Hunt, who is believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single \"Brown Sugar\".
The letters reveal Jagger's thoughts on music, literature, film and current events, as well as his personal feelings for Hunt, with whom he had his first child, Karis. They were written while Jagger was in Australia filming the movie Ned Kelly, and while his relationship with Marianne Faithfull was on the rocks.
Hunt, a singer and actress who starred in the West End production of Hair, is selling the letters because she needs money to pay her bills and repair her house in France. She told the BBC that she wanted to share the letters with the public because they show a different side of Jagger, who is now 79 years old.
\"This is somebody reflecting what is going on in his life at a particular time when, because of his age - he was actually 25 when he went off to Australia - you're really looking at somebody in their artistic prime, talking about filming, talking about music, talking about the future,\" she said.
The letters also touch on historical events such as the moon landing, the Isle of Wight festival where Bob Dylan made his comeback, and the death of Jagger's bandmate Brian Jones. They are described by Sotheby's as \"beautifully-written and lyrical\".
The auction house expects the letters to fetch between Â70,000 and Â100,000 ($95,000 and $136,000) when they are sold as one lot on December 12th. Hunt said she informed Jagger of her intention to sell the letters, but he did not support the sale.
\"I don't think so but they're not his,\" she said. \"This is Mick in his own words . . . This is part of English history, it is part of rock history, part of cultural history and it corrects all the misinformation.\"
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Hunt and Jagger's relationship was kept secret for years, as Jagger was still involved with Marianne Faithfull and later married Bianca Jagger. Hunt said she never wanted to be known as Jagger's girlfriend, but as an independent artist and activist. She became the first black woman to appear on the cover of Queen magazine and British Vogue, and was a prominent figure in the \"Black is Beautiful\" movement.
However, Hunt faced financial difficulties raising her daughter alone, as Jagger only gave her a small amount of money for child support. She eventually filed a paternity suit against him in 1973, which caused a media scandal and damaged her reputation. She said she felt \"humiliated\" by the legal process, which dragged on for four years. In 1977, Jagger finally agreed to pay annual support for Karis and set up a trust fund for her.
Hunt and Jagger remained estranged for many years, until they reunited at Karis's wedding in 1990, where Jagger walked his daughter down the aisle. Hunt said she forgave Jagger for his past behavior and wanted to have a friendly relationship with him. She also said she was proud of Karis, who graduated from Yale University and became a human rights activist.
In 2012, Hunt decided to sell Jagger's love letters at an auction, saying she needed the money to pay her bills and repair her house in France. She said she wanted to share the letters with the public because they showed a different side of Jagger, who was then 79 years old. She said the letters were part of English history, rock history and cultural history, and that they corrected all the misinformation about their relationship.