Mick Jagger’s love letters to former significant other Marsha Hunt sold for more than $300,000 at auction. Hunt, a singer herself, was reportedly the inspiration for the 1971 Rolling Stones hit song “Brown Sugar.” Marsha is also the mother of Jagger’s first child.
The batch of 10 Mick Jagger love letters to Marsha Hunt reportedly date back to the 1960s. The private missives were sold at Sotheby’s to a private collector for $301,472, according to the New York Daily News. The letters penned by the Rolling Stones singer reportedly talk about everything from discussions about Yoko Ono and John Lennon to the moon landing.
The Marsha Hunt love letters were reportedly written when Jagger was on the set of Ned Kelly in Australia in 1969, Reuters notes. The collection of letters was expected to garner between $113,000 and $161,000 when placed in the Sotheby’s auctions. Gabriel Heaton, a book specialist for the famed auction house, stated the Mick Jagger love letters revealed a “poetic and self-aware” 25-year-old man with a wide range of both artistic and intellectual interests.
Hunt had this to say about the love letters from the father of her child after the auction:
“The passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history. 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. Their inner thoughts should not be the property of only their families, but the public at large, to reveal who these influential artists were – not as commercial images, but their private selves.”
Marsha Hunt and Mick Jagger were photographed together at their daughter Karis’ wedding in 2000.