MIck Jagger's ex-fiancée Chrissie Shrimpton sells Jagger's hair for charity
Reuters also reported that the hair sold for double the amount of what auction house Bonham had expected.
Shrimpton dated Jagger from 1963 to 1966, which were the earliest years of the Rolling Stones' fame. The former couple was also engaged to be married. The Rolling Stones song "Under My Thumb" was reportedly written about Shrimpton.
Several books about Jagger and the Rolling Stones have described Shrimpton and Jagger's relationship as volatile because they would frequently argue over Jagger's infidelities and career commitments. Jealousy and fame essentially ruined the relationship, by all accounts.
Shrimpton was interviewed for Philip Norman's 2012 unauthorized biography "Mick Jagger," which described the "explosive, sometimes physically violent quarrels that [Shrimpton] and Mick" had during their relationship. However, Shrimpton denied former Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham's account that she would use her fists in fighting Jagger. She also described Jagger as being a very controlling and possessive boyfriend who would get very angry if she suspected that she was cheating on him or was befriending people who didn't meet his approval.
Shrimpton also said in the book that she suspected but could never prove that Jagger and Oldham were having a sexual affair with each other at the same time that she and Jagger were a couple. Toward the end of her relationship with Jagger, she attempted suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. After her suicide attempt, she said that Jagger began to distance himself from her further.
She also described the cold and cruel way in which Jagger dumped her after he decided he wanted to be with Marianne Faithfull, who ended up being Jagger's girlfriend from 1966 to 1969. According to Shrimpton, Jagger never broke up with her in person. He just changed the locks to their apartment without telling her, and she had to make an appointment with the Rolling Stones' office to get her belongings from the apartment. She also said that she didn't find out about Jagger's affair with Faithfull until she read about it in the papers. And, according to Shrimpton, after Jagger dumped her for Faithfull, he would make uninvited visits to Shrimpton's apartment and expect her to have sex with him, but she refused, and the visits stopped after about a year.
In December 2012, former singer/actress Marsha Hunt (the mother of Jagger's daughter Karis, who was born in 1970) auctioned off love letters that Jagger wrote to her in 1969. (Hunt and Jagger secretly dated when he was still living with Faithfull.) The letters, whose auction was handled by Sotheby's in London, ended up selling for £187,250 (or $301,000 in U.S. dollars).
Hunt told the media that she was auctioning off the letters because she was "broke" and needed the money.
Shrimpton (whose older sister Jean was a famous model in the 1960s) told the Daily Mail in November 2012, shortly after the news broke about Hunt selling Jagger's love letters: "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. Mick Jagger got wind of this and to my amazement I heard on the Radio 4 news that I was involved in a court case regarding this issue. "Mick Jagger had put up an injunction preventing their publication on the grounds that while I owned the paper they were written on, he owned the words. I was not even informed of this by his legal party. I was so disgusted I sent most of the letters back to him. However, a few have turned up over the years; my fifth grandchild opened an old book at my house recently and one fell out.