Elizabeth Taylor Confesses 'Pure Animal Pleasure' for Richard Burton in Steamy Love Letter

Photo of the love letter Elizabeth Taylor wrote to Richard Burton on their 10-year anniversary in 1974; Elizabeth Taylor stands by a statue of the Academy Award Oscar in Los Angeles, April 2, 1974. Credit: Picollecta | AP Photo

"I wish I could tell you of my pure animal pleasure of you."

That's just one line of many that Elizabeth Taylor wrote in a steamy love letter to husband Richard Burton on their 10-year anniversary. She also wrote that she "can only 'boil and bubble' inside" at the thought of Burton, and that she lusts after him.

The letter reads in full:

"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, now up for auction, provides a glimpse into the passionate chemistry between the famous Hollywood couple, but it is bittersweet. Days after the letter's March 15, 1974, date, Taylor and Burton split up. They remarried in 1975 but broke up again in 1976.

Taylor and Burton were both married when they met, and their fiery romance was one of the most scandalous of its time. The two met on the set of "Cleopatra" in 1963 and married the following year. They went on to star in several movies together and lived a very glamorous life, but after Burton was unfaithful the couple broke up.

PFC Auctions in the U.K. put Taylor's letter up for auction. It has a starting bid of $1,500, but it is expected to sell for several thousand dollars. Bidding ends on Dec. 12. The item is also listed for sale at picollecta.com.

The letter was left behind in the house that Taylor and Burton rented in 1974 while he was filming "The Klansman" in Oroville, Calif.

Taylor's letter comes with a letter of provenance from the woman who rented the house to the two famous lovers in which she explains how it was found: "This letter written by Elizabeth Taylor while renting my home from Feb 15th till April 18th 1974. It was left behind - inside a book in a drawer under the master bedroom bed."