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Axl Rose's Ex-Wife Selling Love Letters and Wedding Video

Erin Everly was briefly married to the singer in 1990

Axl Rose performs in London, England.
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November 21, 2013 2:10 PM ET

Axl Rose's ex-wife is cleaning house. Erin Everly, who was married to the Guns N' Roses frontman for a few months more than 20 years ago, is auctioning off mementos of their brief union, including candid photos of Rose (some of which are from his childhood), letters that Rose wrote to her, handwritten song lyrics, clothing he wore in music videos and even their marriage certificate.

Rose and Everly dated in the Eighties before they wed in April 1990, and had their marriage annulled in January 1991. Everly, who was the inspiration for "Sweet Child O' Mine," will sell the artifacts of their time together through Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, on December 6th and 7th, as part of an auction titled "Icons and Idols 2013: Rock N' Roll," which is also offering a guitar owned by Jerry Garcia.

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The letters offer a glimpse inside the couple's relationshipo, which was occasionally turbulent. As transcribed by The Daily Dot, a note from a flower shop bore the inscription, scrawled in capital letters, "FROM AN ASSHOLE!!!" In another letter, he complained that his given name, William, was "too much to bear," and signed off, "think of me when you wipe yo' ass." There's also a three-part note in which Rose assures Everly of his fidelity – "you knew what you got involved in from the beginning" – and wrote a lyric-like paragraph to her: "Ya didn't need ta [sic] play it so tough – I should have known better – I never realized how much you cared and wanted me. Sometimes I'm an unsensitive [sic] bastard." And sometime after her birthday, he wrote her a note that said, "To Erin– Sorry yo' birthday sucked, love, Axl."

Others are more touching. He begins one by writing, "Sorry for being so hard on you . . . you didn't do anything wrong I just became frustrated with my predicament and didn't know how to verbalize my feelings." And on a scrap of paper, he wrote, "No love was there more true Erin I love you Goodbye sweet child - Love Always, - Axl -."

One batch of letters is expected to fetch between $600 and $800. His flannel shirt from the "Welcome to the Jungle" video is expected to bring in between $1,000 and $2,000. The priciest items are the couple's wedding video and marriage certificate, which are each expected to sell for between $2,000 and $3,000.

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