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Posted on Dec 13, 06:44AM | IANS
In the summer of 1969, Mick Jagger, the sizzling frontman of Rolling Stones, fell in love with a beautiful black American singer Marsha Hunt, who was the inspiration for 1971 track, "Brown Sugar" from the album "Sticky Fingers".
A set of 10 love letters Jagger wrote to Hunt while shooting the movie "Ned Kelly" in Australia to tide over a period of crisis was sold for 187,250 pounds by Sotheby's in London Wednesday.
The relationship with Hunt was Jagger's closely guarded secret.
Jagger was at that time at the height of his creative powers and Hunt was the image of "Black is Beautiful" and the landmark West End production of "Hair".
A spokesperson for Sotheby's said the letters were "beguilingly beautiful with a wide range of cultural interest".
They shed new light on the musician, who has survived through decades of highs and lows of musical career.
The letters included lyrics of Rolling Stones tracks and a playlist.
The letters written from Tony Richardson's film sets in the Australian outbacks touch upon subjects that played on Jagger's mind - as distant as the moon landing, John Lennon and Yoko Ono's affairs, Christopher Isherwood and Isle of Wight festival.
"The letters were addressed to me," says Hunt.
"I was 23, America-born, Berkeley-educated and London-based. Despite his high profile and my own as a singer, actress, a Vogue model and a star of London's original cast of 'Hair', our delicate love affair remains as much a part of his secret history as his concerns over the death of Brian Jones and the suicide attempt by his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull," Hunt says.
Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's books specialist, said the "beautifully written and lyrical letters from the heart of the cultural and social revolution of 1969 frame a vivid moment in the cultural history".