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Mick Jagger love letters sold at London auction

Published on Dec 13, 2012 7:34 AM
An envelope addressed to Marsha Hunt is seen in this undated handout photograph released by Sotheby's in London Dec 12, 2012. A collection of love letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to American singer Hunt, believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single "Brown Sugar", sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday for 187,250 pounds ($302,052). -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - A collection of letters sent by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger to his secret lover in the summer of 1969 sold for around US$300,000 (S$366,300) at a London auction on Wednesday, trumping their pre-sale estimate.

Purchased by a private collector over the telephone, the letters sold for £187,250 (about S$368,860) at a Sotheby's auction, trumping their pre-sale estimate of £70,000 to £100,000.

The letters were written to black American singer Marsha Hunt, aged 23 at the time, while Jagger was filming the movie Ned Kelly in Australia, and were presented as a window into a different side of the rock-and-roll legend.

"We are delighted with the result of today's sale which reflects the great significance of these letters, written at such a vivid moment in social and musical history," said Sotheby's books specialist Gabriel Heaton.

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