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Top 10: Celebrity love letters


10) James Dean to Barbara Glenn - £22,500

Three handwritten letters from 1950s Hollywood heartthrob James Dean to his long-term on-and-off girlfriend Barbara Glenn. Written in 1954 during the filming for East of Eden, his first Hollywood film, they reveal the emotional strain of work and the couple’s long distance relationship.
‘Please write to me darling… please come and see me’.
Sold at Christies for £22,500 in November 2011.

9) Elizabeth Taylor to William Pawley - $47,652 (£29,401)

Extensive archive of over 60 letters written in 1949, when Elizabeth Taylor was just 17, to her fiancée William Pawley Jr.
‘I’ve never known this kind of love before – it’s so perfect and complete – and mature… I’ve never loved anyone in my life before one third as much as I love you – and I never will’.
‘My heart aches & makes me want to cry when I think of you, and how much I want to be with and to look into your beautiful blue eyes, and kiss your sweet lips and have your strong arms hold me, oh so tight, & close to you … I want us to be 'lovers' always … even after we've been married seventy-five years and have at least a dozen great-great-grandchildren’.

They were engaged for less than a year, and never married.
Sold at RR Auction for $47,652 in May 2011.

The last auctions of 2012 are offering a number of love letters, written by famous figures to their beloveds.

A November auction sold a rare note from Horatio Nelson to his mistress Lady Emma Hamilton, written following an argument during the height of their affair, circa 1801. It was snapped up for £20,000 after an estimate of £6,000-£8,000.

Coming up this December we have more treats in store. Profiles in History will offer the notes of jazz legend Louis Armstrong to his mistress Lucille ‘Sweets’ Preston, spanning the years 1946-1968, with an estimate of $60,000-$80,000. Over at Sotheby’s, a scandalous collection of adoring correspondence from Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz to a woman 23 years his junior is expected to fetch $250,000-$350,000. And even rock n rollers fall in love. Rolling Stones idol Mick Jagger’s secret love letters to the beautiful singer and model Marsha ‘Brown Sugar’ Hunt, dating from the summer of ’69, are passionate, articulate, and expected to sell for £70,000-£100,000 at Sotheby’s London

Who says that spring is the season for romance? Love is patently in the air this December. Wikicollecting looks at the appeal of these intimate billets-doux to collectors.

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