Rolling Stone Brian Jones letters to teen fan under the hammer in Newbury
A collection of letters written by Rolling Stone Brian Jones to a teenage fan will go under the hammer at a Newbury auction house next week and are estimated to fetch £2,600-£3,400.
Special Auction Services, based in Plenty Close, off Hambridge Road, will sell the letters in four lots on Tuesday (January 18).
The four letters were written by Jones in response to those sent by the vendor to him via The Rolling Stones Fan Club in 1965 and 1966. At the time, the teenage Chrissy, who was 14 at the time, had a crush on Brian and was keen to find out his address and phone number.
The letters are all signed with kisses and are being sold with their original envelopes. The first is a signed personal letter with the main subject being an apology for ending his letters 'I must rush..' and for not being able to give the vendor his telephone number.
Written in clear handwriting with signature, it is dated December 31, 1965, and is expected to fetch £600-£800.
A signed photo is being sold with the second letter in which Jones apologises that Chrissy could not find his house and includes a clue as to where he is living. The letter is dated February 3, 1966 and carries an estimate of £800-1,000.
The main subject of the third letter (dated March 18, 1966) is his apologies that Chrissy did not find his house again and includes a clue for his latest address - this is estimated at £600-£800.
Also carrying the same estimate is the final letter dated April 14, 1966, in which Jones writes that he had a great Christmas and that he had not heard the rumours about his house being haunted, but does not believe it is, he also says that he doesn't believe in ghosts.
SAS Music & Entertainment expert David Martin said Brian Jones has always held an important place in the hearts of Rolling Stones and, indeed, of most rock music fans.
"His untimely death in 1969 at the age of 27 (one of a remarkable number of rock stars to die at that age) has only added to the mystique surrounding him as the years have passed by.
"It would have been easy to dismiss the questions of a young fan when life as a Stone was so full and hectic, but these very personal letters show what a charming and pleasant person he must have been.”
Access to the auction is available online, visit https://www.specialauctionservices.com/ for details.