Just yesterday, we were talking about how easy it has become to lay your mitts on a personal piece of memorabilia from your favourite musician - at least, if money was no object - as more and more personal items from dead stars are being put up for auction.

Here's a perfect example: a love letter written by rapper Tupac Shakur to his high school sweetheart is going under the hammer.

The letter was written by a 17-year-old Shakur in 1988, and refers to the object of his affection as 'Beethoven', in reference to her skills as a pianist, while he also talks about their mutual love of Prince and candles (?).

"As u will soon find out, I do not spare words, I say what I feel," he wrote. "So if something I say scares u please don't panic because I tend 2 get over emotional. My heart usually leads me 2 fast and that's probably why I always get hurt."

A letter written by Shakur when he was in prison sold for $255,000 (€224,000) last year, but this one is expected to sell for a slightly more reasonable $35,000.