Mick Jagger's love letters to girlfriend who inspired 'Brown Sugar' sold for USD 187k
Ten passionate love letters which Mick Jagger wrote to his secret lover Marsha Hunt in the summer of 1969 reveal a tender side to the Rolling Stones singer rarely seen in public.
Jagger is understood to have made it clear to his former girlfriend that he wished to keep them private - but she had other ideas.
They went under the hammer for an incredible 187,250 pounds after a three-minute bidding war at Sotheby's, the Daily Mail reported.
The 10 letters, said to paint a picture of Jagger as a "poetic and self-aware" 25-year-old, were written to the American-born singer while he was in Australia.
In one steamy note, he tells Hunt: "I will kiss you softly. And bite your mouth too."
In other letters, he is more poetic, musing: "If I sailed with you around the world/All my sails would be unfurled."
Hunt provided the inspiration for the Stones' 1971 hit 'Brown Sugar' and gave birth to Jagger's child Karis in 1972 after a three year love affair.
Now 66, she said she was selling the letters because she was "broke" and needed to make repairs to her home in France.
Asked recently if Jagger supported the sale, she said: "I don't think so but they're not his."
The auctioneer is so worried about legal action from Jagger, they have taken the unusual step of not releasing substantial extracts from the letters to the media.
Speaking after the sale, Hunt said: "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," she said.
Written from his film set for Ned Kelly in the outback just after the Stones' landmark Hyde Park concert, the documents provide a glimpse into the singer as a young man.
There are mentions of the events and people of the time such as the first moon landing, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and the Isle of Wight festival.
It also includes references to the death of former Rolling Stones band mate Brian Jones and Jagger's difficult relationship with Marianne Faithfull.
Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby's books specialist, said: "Here we see Mick Jagger not as the global superstar he has become, but as a poetic and self-aware 25-year-old with wide-ranging intellectual and artistic interests."
"They provide a rare glimpse of Jagger that is very different from his public persona: passionate but self-contained, lyrical but with a strong sense of irony," Heaton said.