Taylor’s love letter to Burton up for auction

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A racy love letter written by Elizabeth Taylor to husband Richard Burton is to go under the hammer.

The letter, written on the couple’s 10th wedding anniversary in 1974, is expected to sell for several thousand pounds when it is sold in an online auction.

Auctioneers Picollecta.com said the letter, dated March 15, 1974, was written days before the couple broke up.

As she declares her love for her husband in the steamy letter, Taylor – who famously had eight marriages – describes her “pure animal pleasure” with him, and how she would “boil and bubble” over him.

It reads: “My darling (my still) My husband. I wish I could tell you of my love for you, of my fear, my delight, my pure animal pleasure of you – (with you) – my jealousy, my pride, my anger at you, at times.

“Most of all my love for you, and whatever love you can dole out to me – I wish I could write about it but I can’t. I can only ‘boil and bubble’ inside and hope you understand how I really feel.

“Anyway I lust thee, Your (still) Wife. P.S. O’Love, let us never take each other for granted again! P.P.S. How about that – 10 years!!”

The letter is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Toni Hennings, who rented a house in Oroville, California, to the couple while Burton was filming The Klansmen in 1974, Picollecta said.

The couple, famed for their tempestuous relationship, met in 1960 while filming Cleopatra and began an affair, despite both being married.

They married in 1964 and divorced in 1974, then remarried the next year before divorcing again in 1976.

It is thought Taylor might have finally lost patience amid rumours of Burton’s philandering during the filming of The Klansmen, prompting their break-up.

In the letter of provenance, Ms Hennings wrote: “This letter written by Elizabeth Taylor while renting my home from Feb 15th til April 18th 1974. It was left behind – inside a book in a drawer under the masterbedroom bed.”

The letter has a minimum bid of £1,000 and is expected to sell for several thousand pounds.