March 03, 2015 | Updated at 09:54 AM EST The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Mick Jagger Love Letters Fetch $300,000 At Auction

A collection of love letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to American singer Marsha Hunt, believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single "Brown Sugar", sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday for 187,250 pounds ($301,000).

Reuters on Dec 13, 2012 10:22 AM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • An envelope addressed to Marsha Hunt is seen in this undated handout photograph released by Sotheby's in London December 12, 2012.
  • An envelope addressed to Marsha Hunt is seen in this undated handout photograph released by Sotheby's in London December 12, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

LONDON (Reuters) - A collection of love letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to American singer Marsha Hunt, believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single "Brown Sugar", sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday for 187,250 pounds ($301,000).

The 10 letters, dating from the summer of 1969, had been expected to fetch 70-100,000 pounds, according to the auctioneer.


"The passage of time has given these letters a place in our cultural history," Hunt said after the London sale.

"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."

Hunt, with whom Jagger had his first child, Karis, told Britain's Guardian newspaper last month that she was selling the letters, written in July and August 1969, because she had been unable to pay her bills.

"I'm broke," Hunt, who lives in France, told the newspaper.

Jagger wrote them to Hunt while filming the Tony Richardson movie "Ned Kelly" in Australia.

They showed a sensitive side of the then-young singer, who wrote about the poetry of Emily Dickinson, meeting author Christopher Isherwood and an unrealized multimedia project.

Jagger's relationship with Hunt, who is African-American, was kept under wraps until 1972.

Hunt has said she was the inspiration for Brown Sugar, which Jagger wrote while in Australia.

The rock star also cites in the letters the disintegration of his relationship with singer Marianne Faithfull, whom he was also dating at the time, and the death of Rolling Stones' guitarist Brian Jones.

There has been a surge in interest in the rock band this year, as Jagger and his three surviving bandmates celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stones with a series of concerts, a photo book and a greatest hits album. 

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Bow Wow, Erica Mena

Bow Wow Shows Love For Erica Mena's Son On His Birthday

It looks like 'CSI: Cyber' actor and rapper Bow Wow is doing a good job of blending his family with that of his future wife, Erica Mena of VH1's 'Love & Hip Hop New York.'

Andi Dorfman

Andi Dorfman Says She Never Cheated On Josh Murray

Andi Dorfman is setting the record straight when it comes to her love life.

Joe and Teresa Giudice

Teresa Giudice Reportedly Gained 15 Pounds, Joe Indulges In Drinking Amid 'Legal Mess'

Word is 'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' star Teresa Giudice is finding comfort in food as she serves time in federal prison while her husband, Joe, reportedly indulges in alcohol.

Emma Stone Andrew Garfield

Emma Stone Suffered A Horrible Wardrobe Malfunction At The Oscars?

It seems Emma Stone suffered quite a wardrobe malfunction at the Oscars in her gold, high-low gown.

Jhonni Blaze

'LHHNY' Jhonni Blaze & 'Smutty Thot Pocket' Moniece Slaughter Beef Over Rich Dollaz

Johnni Blaze's love for her Love & Hip Hop New York co-star Rich Dollaz has ended in an all out social media battle with his rumored girlfriend Moniece Slaughter of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.

Mob Wives

Karen Gravano & Natalie Didonato Team Up Against Nat G.

The drama continues and the ladies on VH1's 'Mob Wives' are ready for war.

Mob Wives Reality Star Natalie Guercio

'Mob Wives' Natalie Didonato Proves That Natalie Guercio Is A Liar?

Things between Natalie Guercio and her cast mates are heating up and it looks like there's officially proof that the reality star may be the one spilling everyone's secrets. I

Stalker

Viewers Beg CBS Not To Cancel 'Stalker' On Twitter

After the winter finale of CBS hit show 'Stalker,' fans took to Twitter to beg the channel not to cancel the series.

Matthew Atkinson

Austin Is Fine On 'Young and the Restless'?

Things at the police station will become increasing difficult to deal with as Summer Newman Travers (Hunter King) continues to freak out.

Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miley Cyrus

Are Miley Cyrus & Patrick Schwarzenegger's Sex Lives Heating Up?

Miley Cyrus and Patrick Schwarzenegger have not been dating for that long, but the couple apparently is getting extra hot behind closed doors.

Witches Of East End

'Witches Of East End' Stars Thank Fans For 'Raising Their Voices'

The dedication from fans on bringing 'Witches of East End' back for a renewal is gaining attention from big publications as well as the series' former stars.

Longmire

Will Netflix Release Longmire's Entire 4th Season On One Day?

'Longmire' will begin production for its fourth season in March, but the series is still waiting for Netflix to announce a premiere date.

Witches Of East End cast

Blog Post Gives Details On How Fans Can Save 'Witches Of East End'

If fans want to see a third season of 'Witches of East End,' perhaps they might be able to make some real magic happen.

Bow Wow, Erica Mena

Bow Wow Checks Future Wife Erica Mena 'Always On Your Phone!'

As CSI: Cyber actor Bow Wow (real name Shad Moss) and Love & Hip Hop New York star Erica Mena gear up for their spring wedding, they're sharing more of their special moments with millions of fans on social media.

Spencer's Life is in danger on the Feb. 25, 2015 episode of 'General Hospital'

Spencer's Life Hangs In The Balance On 'General Hospital'

He was supposed to be having the most epic birthday party a 10-year-old boy could hope for, but Spencer's (Nicholas Bechtel) celebration has quickly turned into what could be the last he will ever experience on General Hospital.

Latest News

Hunter King & Lachlan Buchanan

What Did Summer Find On Austin's Computer On 'Young and the Restless'?

'The Young and the Restless' is jam-packed with drama and tears at the moment since Austin Travers (Matthew Atkinson) has been deemed dead.

Farrah Abraham

'Teen Mom' Stars Don't Want Their Children Near 'Porn Star'?

'Teen Mom' star Maci Bookout isn't afraid to let people know that she's leaving the series because of Farrah Abraham's return.

Once Upon a Time

'Once Upon a Time's Emma & Regina Working On Repairing Friendship?

Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, the co-creators of ABC's 'Once Upon a Time,' recently spoke on Emma (Jennifer Morrison) and Regina's (Lana Parrilla) friendship and how it has evolved through this season.

Monqiue

Mo'nique Says She Was Cast As 'Empire's' Cookie First

Could you imagine another actress playing Cookie on Fox's hit show Empire?

Mad Men

New Yorkers Can Now Walk Through The 'Mad Men' Sets?

'Mad Men' is coming to New York City.

Sonny drops a bombshell on Will on the March 3, 2015 episode of 'Days of Our Lives'

Sonny Drops A Major Bombshell On Will On 'Days of Our Lives'

Their marriage has been rocked by Will's (Guy Wilson) cheating, and as a result of their problems, Sonny (Freddie Smith) will drop a huge bombshell on his husband on Days of Our Lives.

"Real Housewives of New York"

'Real Housewives Of New York' Producers Worried New Season Is 'Boring'?

The new season of the Real Housewives of New York hasn't even started yet and Bravo producers are already worried that the show might be a flop - in the ratings, that is.

Rachel McAdams

Glamorous Facade Hiding A Very Damanged Woman On 'True Detective'?

It looks like 'True Detective' won't be all nitty-gritty police work this season.

Keith Urban

Why Nicole Kidman's Exit Would Send Keith Urban Into A Tailspin

Keith Urban is the first to admit he'd be lost without his wife Nicole Kidman.

Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa Slams Amber Rose In New Song?

It looks like We Dem Boyz rapper Wiz Khalifa has taken to a new song to fire even more shots at his estranged wife and mother of his child, Amber Rose.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Better Call Saul

AMC Schedule March 2015: The Walking Dead Comes To A Close Just In Time For Mad Men

AMC has some of the most exciting programming on TV. March is sure to be a good month for fans of the channel. All the shows that are playing now have been running for a few weeks but with this month will be hitting their strides along with explosive season finales. And there are some movies too.

Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson Trade Rumors: Reunion With Coach Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos a Possibility? [VIDEO]

The Denver Broncos could add an aging star wide receiver looking for one last hurrah to the compliment of skill players for an aging star quarterback looking for one last hurrah.

Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori

Andy Murray Update: Scot Out of 'Big Four?' Andre Agassi Says Murray Has Grand Slam Titles Left in Him [VIDEO]

Not everyone in men's tennis' so-called "Big Four" is surging. In fact, the "Big Four" are down to the "Big Three" for now.

Destiny

Destiny Vault Access From Anywhere With The Companion App Works Like A Charm

Destiny's companion app was always well-made and fun to flip through, but its ultimate usefulness was up for debate. You could read Grimoire cards and see what your Guardians currently had in their posession, but the addition of remote Vault access has turned the app's necessity on its head.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.: Top Five Pacman Fights Of All Time [VIDEO]

Manny Pacquiao may not be the favorite to win on May 2 against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he certainly will be the fan favorite in that super fight. Pacquiao’s made his name by being one of the most exciting fighters to possibly ever step inside the boxing ring. These five fights are showcases of why he has become a legend.

Nintendo Network

Nintendo Rolls Out New Online Web-Based eShop Store In Japan, Confirms New Mario Kart 8 DLC For May

With the inevitable demise of Club Nintendo, it appears that the House of Mario is looking to not only revamp its rewards system, but its online marketplace as well.

Orange is the New Black

Orange Is The New Black Season 3 Release Date Revealed Through Facebook Post

Orange is the New Black has been lacking a release date for months. Netflix only gave us that it was summer but now we have an official date thanks to Facebook.

Reggie Bush

Reggie Bush Free Agent Update: Former Heisman Trophy Winner Touted As Good Fit for Pittsburgh Steelers? [VIDEO]

Ever since LeGarrette Blount walked out on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the franchise has looked for another running back to take off some of the burden off starter Le’Veon Bell.

Serena Williams, Steffi Graf

Serena Williams Legacy Update: Steffi Graf's Husband Andre Agassi Says Serena Better Than His Wife [VIDEO]

Either Andre Agassi is really secure about his marriage to Steffi Graf or Graf is really secure about her tennis career to hear her husband support Serena Williams' bid to pass her in Grand Slams.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods Bashing Update: Author's Fake Interview With Woods Wins GCAA Writing Award [VIDEO]

Golf writer Dan Jenkins showed how much he admires Tiger Woods in a jokes-at-Tiger's-expense satirical column he wrote about an imaginary interview in December.

Real Time Analytics