A rare drawing by Raphael sold for $47.9 million at a Sotheby's auction in early December. The final sale price marked an auction record for the artist and doubled pre-sale expectations, according to Today Entertainment.
A rare Chinese blue and white porcelain vase that once belonged to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover sold at a Bonhams auction in San Francisco for $5.9 million, well over its pre-sale estimate of $500,000 to $700,000.
A batch of love letters Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger wrote to singer Marsha Hunt sold for $301,472 to a private collector at a Sotheby's auction in London, according to The New York Daily News.
Bob Dylan's sunburst Fender Stratocaster that he played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 just sold at auction for a cool $965,000, the peak of a string of high profile music-related auctions held last week. The guitar was the axe Dylan used the first time he went electric in a live setting, an occasion that may or may not have elicited boos from the crowd in attendance (a 24-year old Dylan said they "certainly booed"). It was also the first time Dylan performed with a backing band. The auction marked the highest price ever paid for a guitar, electric or otherwise. Sorry, Eric Clapton, Blackie only sold for $959,500.
Bruce Springsteen didn't fare too badly at auction either. His handwritten lyrics for "Born to Run", which apparently are quite different from the lyrics to the finished song, sold for $197,000 just the day before the Dylan Stratocaster sale. Also for sale that day were some Mick Jagger love letters and a letter from John Lennon. Last time Mick's love scribbles went up for auction, they sold for over $300,000. Those letters were addressed to Marsha Hunt, Jagger's former muse/lover who is said to be the inspiration for "Brown Sugar".
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Other rock star manuscripts in the auction of Fine Books and Manuscripts, included a 1967 handwritten letter from John Lennon that went for $18,000 and three of Mick Jagger's 1965 love letters ($8,000).
A series of letters posted by the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger to his secret lover in the summer of 1969 has sold for a record £187,250 at a London auction on Wednesday. This nearly doubled the pre-sale estimate of the lot.
Stones' frontman Mick Jagger has been particularly enjoying his fresh time in the spotlight, having been snapped out to dinner with his partner, L'Wren Scott, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, and TV presenter and journalist Mariella Frostrup and her husband Jason McCue, as reported byThe Daily Mail. Additionally, a lock of the 69 year-old's hair has been sold at auction, fetching £4,000. According to the BBC, the lock of Jagger's hair came with a note that said "Mick Jagger's hair after being washed and trimmed by Chris at Rose Hill Farm" and was sold by his former girlfriend, Chrissie Shrimpton.
The thing is, like so many of those who have had their hair sold off in the name of charity, Jagger knew nothing about having his brunette locks sold off until the news became widespread, because the lock of hair given to Bonham's was given over by Jagger but a former lover. His ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton to be precise, who dated Jagger while he was before he dropped out of the London School of Economics and was living in Kilburn, north London, with Keith Richards. The two stayed together whilst the Stones dominated the charts across the globe, eventually splitting when Jagger's star began to burn too bright.
Rock and Roll Icon Mick Jagger wrote a bunch of love letters back in the 60's, and, with The Rolling Stones recent, and very well publicized tour, they've fetched a whopping £187,250.
Written in Australia, while Jagger was out there filming for Ned Kelly, and letters represent a poetic, 25-year-old rockstar, just about to enter his prime. "I put these letters in a bank 30 years ago thinking that our daughter would find them valuable as an adult," Marsha Hunt - the object of Jagger's then desires - told the BBC. "Who could have anticipated that rock 'n roll would remain so popular, that 30 years on this band would still be performing?" The letters were mooted to earn something between #70,000 - £100,000, so their final value of £180,000 has proved a real surprise. They were no doubt boosted, though, by the recent renaissance of the aging rockers, as they headline four sold out, and very expensive, shows in London and New York.
Mick Jagger had a secret love affair with American-born singer Marsha Hunt in 1969, which was the root of a set of 10 love-letters, and now these letters have sold for £187,250 at auction, The Guardian reports.
While cultural artefacts, which depict the inner workings of those we idolise today, are fascinating enough, the fact that these letters have sold right in the middle of The Rolling Stone's big come back tour provide a pertinent reminder of the indifferent business that made them famous.
Unfortunately, the demand to see the Stones at London's O2 Arena means unofficial retailers will be handsomely paid for their tickets, some of which are being sold for thousands. Unless the band play Glastonbury - which is now hugely unlikely given the cost of tickets to the group's own shows - UK fans will have to shell out for tickets and flights to one of two concerts in Newark, New Jersey. On announcing the shows, frontman Mick Jagger said, "Everybody loves a celebration, and London and New York are two good places to do it in!" while Keith Richards offered, "Sorry to keep you all hanging around but the waiting is over. I've always said the best place for rock and roll is on the stage and the same is true for the Stones. I'm here with Mick, Charlie and Ronnie and everything is rocking. See you very soon!"
Hunt said of the well-preserved letters: ''They're addressed to me. I was 23, American-born, Berkeley-educated and London-based. Despite his high profile and my own \\u2026 our delicate love affair remains as much part of his secret history as his concerns over the death of Brian Jones and the suicide attempt of his girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull.''
Chrissie Shrimpton said: Many years ago it came to the notice of a journalist that I had hundreds of love letters from Mick Jagger. She tried to persuade me to publish them, which I did not want to do, as it happens.
It is not the only time Mick Jagger has sought the help of lawyers to suppress his old love letters. In 1992, his solicitors warned the Mail on Sunday not to publish notes he wrote to schoolgirl Cleo Sylvestre while he was dating Chrissie Shrimpton.
Paul McCartney once wrote a letter to Prince asking for donations to help create the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which the Beatles legend formed in 1996. The same letter recently sold at auction for nearly $15,000. 2b1af7f3a8