Magazine Survey Filled Out By A Teenage Taylor Swift Scores Over $18,000 At Auction

Before becoming a tortured poet, a 19-year-old Taylor Swift got candid and jotted down handwritten notes in a magazine survey in 2009. Now, those notes have sold for over $18,000 at auction. The singer filled out a questionnaire for MIZZ Magazine in which she revealed insecurity about her looks.

Taylor Swift handwritten note
Taylor Swift handwritten note. (credit: Bonhams)

The two pages, which sold at a Bonhams auction in London for $18,024 on June 12, saw teen Swift write, “If I could be someone else for a day I’d be… Rachel McAdams or Miranda Kerr. I wonder what it’s LIKE to be that pretty.”

The singer also seemingly sketched a stick-figure doodle of a girl with a guitar and a speech bubble that reads, “I like to write songs about boys.”

“In August 2009, the vendor who was working for MIZZ Magazine as a features writer met Taylor Swift and her mother in London at her hotel. The vendor asked her to sign her copy of MIZZ Magazine which had Taylor on the front cover. She also asked her to fill in the questionnaire for a future issue,” Bonhams wrote in the description lot.

The auction house say one question regarding “Who would Taylor rather kiss” has been crossed out in black ink by Swift’s mother having reviewed the questions ahead of their meeting.

The names Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas and Zac Efron are visible underneath the censored men.

The questionnaire had been estimated to fetch $2,500-$3,800.

Swift’s answers included:

  • “My proudest moment was… When every show on my first headlining tour SOLD OUT this year and being on the cover of Rolling Stone.”
  • “If I could be someone else for a day I’d be… Rachel McAdams or Miranda Kerr. I wonder what it’s LIKE to be that pretty.”
  • “My biggest secret is…Who the song “Love Story” is about. I’ll never tell!”
  • “I can’t live without…’My guitar'”
  • “My fans are…The most beautiful, dedicated, creative hilarious, sign-making, dress-wearing, wonderful people. I adore them.”

Other items in the lot included a copy of a MIZZ Magazine featuring Taylor Swift on the cover released in May 2009; a signed photograph; and a signed copy of her “Fearless” CD.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins and SWNS reporter Dean Murray contributed to this report.

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