Jagger love letters to his 'Brown Sugar' inspiration sell for €231,000

A collection of love letters written by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (pictured) to American singer Marsha Hunt, believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single 'Brown Sugar', sold at Sotheby's in London for £187,250. (€231,000)

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

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

Hunt, with whom Jagger had his first child, Karis, said last month that she was selling the letters because she had been unable to pay her bills.

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