Unpublished letters by Linda McCartney about Paul McCartney discovered from the 1960s

26 November 2019, 12:30

Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney. Picture: Getty

By Sian Moore

Linda writes about her romance with Paul McCartney in the newly discovered handwritten letters.

Unpublished letters written by Linda McCartney in the ‘60s have been newly discovered and are set to be auctioned.

Three handwritten notes were found by Linda’s friend and former housemate, Miki Antony.

Linda writes about her blossoming relationship with Paul McCartney and her experience working as a freelance photographer for magazines.

Linda McCartney letters from the 1960s discovered
Linda McCartney letters from the 1960s discovered. Picture: Getty

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One letter, from June 1967, includes a photocopied clipping from an American gossip column which she sent to Antony.

Linda had underlined a sentence on the clipping, which reads: “They say Beatle Paul McCartney’s latest favourite femme is Linda Eastman, a Yankee Doodle fan-mag [photographer].”

On the back of the clipping, she jokes: “Thought you’d get a big laugh over the enclosed clipping. Have no idea where they picked up that lie, but it just shows how truthful newspapers are.”

Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney first met in May 1967
Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney first met in May 1967. Picture: Getty

Linda had been dating the Beatle for a few weeks when the letter was sent, after they met at the Bag O’ Nails nightclub in London’s Soho in May that same year.

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Speaking to the Observer about the clipping, Antony said: “My reaction was a chuckle as I did know it was true.

“She stayed with me when she first came to London … [She said] ‘Guess who I dated last night? … It was Paul McCartney, and we had this lovely evening’,” he continued.

Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney . Picture: Getty

“She said Paul really liked white rabbits, and the next day she … bought a white rabbit and sent it to him. That night, she told me, he rang her up and said, ‘Thank you so much for the white rabbit, would you like to come out for dinner again?’ That’s how I knew they’d started dating. The rest is history.”

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In another of her handwritten notes, she describes her experiences as a freelance photographer – including working with the Stone Roses and Mick Jagger.

“I quit my job at Town & Country magazine to become a freelance photographer – I’m doing very well – sell mainly to teen magazines ’cause most of my subjects are rock’n’roll groups – it’s so groovy – have photographed many English groups…The Stones were my favourite, went out with Mick Jagger, he’s really a terrific person, much to my surprise.”

The letters will be auctioned by Chiswick Auctions on 29 January 2020.