Mick Jagger’s love letters to Marsha Hunt, the inspiration for “Brown Sugar” and mother of his first child, are up for sale by Sotheby’s.
Hunt, an American singer, has asked Sotheby’s to sell ten letters that were written to her by Jagger from the set of the movie “Ned Kelly,” according to an article in The Huffington Post.
Hunt claims that the letters touch on matters of interest to historians, such as the first moon landing and John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and the collection also contains song lyrics and a playlist from the Rolling Stones.
One wonders how Jagger feels about having the outpourings of his 25-year-old soul put on the auction block. The 70,000 to 100,000 pounds ($111,300 to $159,000) Sotheby’s expects the letters to fetch when they go on sale December 12 must be incentive enough for Hunt to expose her past private life in this way.
It will be interesting to see how much someone will pay for love letters written to someone else over thirty years ago, even if they are Mick Jagger’s love letters. If it were a person who was no longer alive, it would be easier to understand the appeal. But Jagger is still around and signing things and writing letters, so the interest will have to be in the content to gain that high a price.