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1970 Mick Jagger Handwritten Letter to Marianne Faithfull
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,875
Exceedingly rare handwritten letter from Mick Jagger, iconic lead vocalist for The Rolling Stones, to famed singer/songwriter, and former girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull. The three-page letter features Jagger's address, "48 Cheyne Walk," in the upper right corner and is simply dated "Sunday 16 Aug." In full:
Dearest Marianne, I woke up this morning and had you in my mind so I thought I would just talk to you a little. I haven't seen or heard of you much lately and wondered how you were? I saw Chrissie grooving off to Morocco in abandoned style a few days ago, I'm just getting my things together to go on tour to Europe though haven't got used to the idea yet of all that work and traveling and of course I haven't a clue what to wear. Things have changed a lot recently here, completely different people come around which I find sometimes peculiar. We have good fun but I'm glad to be going away as its becoming a little tedious. I have no idea where you are in your mind nor should I expect to but I hope there are green fields and flowers where you walk. I'm sure Nicholas is having a good time please throw him in the air for me. Marlon is now 1 and walks and is bright but will inevitably have an Oedipus complex don't you think! If you find time please drop me a line or telephone before I go away at the end of August as I would love to hear from you. You will always be precious in my thoughts. As ever, Mick.
Both the text and Jagger's signature have been boldly scripted in black ink and grade "10." Although only the month and day are listed, based upon the content, this letter can be definitively dated to 1970. Jagger and Faithfull ended their five-year relationship in May 1970 and it is obvious from the text that they were no longer together at the time of this letter. Further evidence comes from Jagger's mention that he is leaving for a tour in Europe. The only Rolling Stones European concert tour to coincide with the date of this letter took place in 1970, when the band toured the continent from August 30th through October 9th. Lastly, August 16th fell on a Sunday in 1970. The "Chrissie" mentioned in this letter is Chrissie Shrimpton, a noted 1960s model and also a former girlfriend of Jagger's. "Nicholas" is Faithfull's son by her former husband, John Dunbar, whom she left for Jagger in November 1965. Faithfull's career and life took a tragic turn following her split with Jagger. A drug addict, she later lost custody of her son and spent the next few years homeless living on the streets. It wasn't until the end of the decade that she was able to overcome her heroin addiction and resume her musical career. Mick Jagger is noted for rarely writing letters and this is one of only a few known examples. Given the content, it also one of the most significant. This is a remarkable handwritten letter between legendary icons of popular culture of the era. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the consignor, a close friend of the Faithfull family who lived with them for six years and whose family is referenced in Marianne Faithfull's autobiography (Faithfull, published by Maichael Joseph, 1994). Each page of the letter (5.25 x 7 inches), written on three blue deckle-edged sheets, displays a horizontal center fold and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,875
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