This auction doesn’t miss a beat.
Handwritten lyrics from Bob Dylan, a playful self-portrait by Kurt Cobain, a Prince guitar and a “break-up” letter from Britney Spears to her highschool boyfriend are amongst 1,300 a number of private property, musical devices and memorabilia going beneath the hammer subsequent month in Beverly Hills.
Former Britney beau Donald “Reg” Jones, 43, candidly informed the Post he nonetheless carries a torch for the “One More Time” celebrity he dated again in highschool. “She was the love of my life,” he stated, including, “I don’t go around wishing we were back together. … I wish her the best in all that she does.”
Jones, a divorced lumber salesman who stays of their hometown of McComb, MS., stated he hasn’t spoken to Spears “in freakin’ 15 to 20 years.” They dated from 1996-1998, after Spears left “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
The final dialog he remembers came about when he stopped by her home to select up a jacket Spears gave him, solely to search out Britney chatting on the cellphone with fellow former Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake. “I called her a bitch and she called me an a**h*le,” he stated, laughing.
“I would like to talk to her, whether it’s this year or 20 years from now, in order to close that chapter of our lives,” Jones stated. “It felt like we were so in love, so in love, and it was an abrupt ending. Not because of me, not because of her, but because of the industry.”
Nevertheless, he sees nothing unsuitable with making a couple of dollars off two letters Spears wrote him whereas she was dwelling in New York City — on the street to worldwide fame — and he was again residence in Mississippi. “I wont say it’s free money, but it’s extra money,” he stated.
The letters have a presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 every.
The two-page break-up missive — handwritten by Spears on lined pocket book paper — begins, “Look, I’m actually sorry that it needed to be this manner, however I believe we each knew this was coming.
“I’ve been feeling this way for a long time now, but I was just scared of what would happen if I let you know,” it continues. “I know it’s really hard to have a girlfriend who travels, but it is even harder to have a boyfriend who doesn’t have trust in his girlfriend! You literally pushed me away. I couldn’t take it anymore! I’m not in love w/ you anymore, but will always care about you.”
Britney notes, “I’ve had a great two years,” and provides, “Who knows, two years from now or even 10, we might get back together if it’s meant to be.”
It wasn’t meant to be. Following the cut up, Spears dated fellow future pop star Timberlake.
A second letter up for auction — written in 1998 — isn’t as diplomatic.
“What was wrong with you at lunch? You were mean,” an upset Spears writes. “I don’t trust you, especially after what you said last night. My mom was almost right, you are like a caring friend, but f**ks me whenever you like.” Spears concludes the letter with: “You a**hole! [heart] Britney.”
Spears despatched the letter from her Upper East Side residence to Jones’ submit workplace field in McComb. The merchandise comes with the unique envelope postmarked Aug. 3, 1998.
“Not many people can say Britney Spears broke up with them and have the letter to prove it,” Julien’s Auctions CEO Darren Julien, informed The Post. “This might be the only break-up letter she ever wrote as the others would have been done by text, email or a phone call making this even more rare/valuable.”
An e-mail to Spears’ publicist was not instantly returned.
Also on the block are Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics to his 1969 track “Lay Lady Lay,” which carry the auction’s priciest presale estimate of $500,000 to $600,000, Julien stated.
A 1994 blue cloud electric guitar commissioned by Prince may go for $80,000.
A tangerine-orange jumpsuit worn onstage by Elton John with a $20,000 estimate and an Alex Van Halen drum package, anticipated to fetch $300,000, are additionally among the many sizzling heaps.
The auction additionally options a big number of memorabilia from Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones, work by Frank Sinatra, a few of The Beatles’ Gold Records and extra. The “Icon” gadgets shall be on show from June 7-11 previous to the auction, held on-line and reside at Julien’s Beverly Hills galleries, from June 11-13.