Britney Spears’ handwritten letters to her high school boyfriend are part of a mine of musical memories gone under the hammer.
The pop singer was dating Donald “Reg” Jones from her hometown of McComb, Missouri, when she was on the verge of stardom.
Spears, 39, broke up with his childhood sweetheart in a two-page handwritten note that begins, “Look, I’m so sorry that it had to be like this, but I think we both knew it was going to happen. . “
She later adds: “I had two good years. Who knows, in two years or even 10 years we may get back together if that’s supposed to be the case.
Spears wrote Jones a second letter in August 1998, which was postmarked from the New York apartment she lived in while her ex-boyfriend was still at McComb.
“What was wrong with you at lunch?” You were mean, ”Spears wrote. The note included swear words, but the singer signed with a heart of love.
The handwritten letters are estimated to sell for between £ 2,800 and £ 4,250 each at this weekend’s Julien’s Auction Music Icons event in Beverly Hills.
Julien’s Auctions executive director Martin Nolan told the PA news agency that the letters sparked great interest.
“They are great,” he says. “It was a friendship at school that turned into a relationship and then she struggled to try to break the relationship, she didn’t see a future for them.
“It’s really very sincere, genuine from her to him and from him to her. It is also unusual to have the two sides, if you will, represented in different letters in a single auction. They generate a lot of interest.
Mr Nolan said the letters are all the more intriguing as they are a throwback to an era before communications were predominantly digital.
He added, “Social media is our business and it is killing our business. Because it will be texts – but maybe it will be an NFT of a text that we could sell in the future.
The Julien’s Auctions sale includes over 1,000 items related to some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for the 1969 track Lay Lady Lay are estimated before auction between £ 350,000 and £ 425,000.
A self-portrait caricature of Kurt Cobain signed “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star” could fetch £ 14,000.
Other lots for sale include items related to Prince, Sir Elton John and Frank Sinatra.
The musical icons auction ends Sunday. To bid, visit JuliensLive.com.