Everyone swoons over James Dean’s swagger, but soon a lucky bidder will be able to swoon over his words.
The BBC reports that three hand-written love letters from Dean to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Barbara Glenn will be going up for auction at Christie’s in London on November 23, and they’re collectively estimated to sell for a cool $25,000 (£16,000). The letters, which are being sold separately, were all sent in 1954, a year before Dean’s death in a car accident.
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The letters reportedly include details about Dean’s work, such as his trials during the rehearsals a Broadway adaptation of The Immoralist. He also reportedly writes about how homesick he feels and thanks Glenn for her letters.
The notes, along with a collection of photographs, are coming directly from Glenn’s family archive and have never been sold before. In fact, according to Glenn’s son Keith Gordon, Glenn hardly ever spoke about Dean. “She never discussed their romance in great detail, but I did know Jimmy was her first serious, grown-up relationship,” he said.
Say, what love mementos of today’s heart-throbs do you imagine will be auctioned off in 50 years time? NewsFeed can’t really see a Ryan Gosling BBM message going for over 20 grand, but we guess that’s what The Notebook is for, right?