New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris “relieved” at Peter Hook’s decision not to sell Ian Curtis letters at auction

Hook had planned to sell private correspondence between the late Joy Division frontman and Annik Honoré

New Order’s Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris have expressed their “relief” at Peter Hook’s decision to withdraw letters between Ian Curtis and Annik Honoré from an auction.

Hook auctioned off a huge collection of memorabilia, instruments, vinyl, and more in Merseyside’s Newton-le-Willows this weekend (March 2).

Among the items he planned to sell were copies of letters the late Joy Division frontman and his former girlfriend Annik Honoré wrote to each other. However, he withdrew them from sale before the auction got underway.

In a statement posted to New Order’s official website, Sumner and Morris said they were “very decided” with Hook’s initial decision to sell the copies of the letter. “They considered them to be very private and personal correspondence,” it read. “We had also been contacted by many people, some closely connected, who also expressed their unhappiness with this proposed sale.”

Sumner and Morris called Hook’s withdrawal of the letters from the auction “a relief” and noted that money from the proposed sale would have been donated to The Christie hospital in Manchester. “Bernard and Steve have personally made a donation of £1,500 to The Christie,” the statement confirmed.

It added that although Honoré had previously allowed extracts of the letters to be published, the pair hoped “the entirety of the letters will remain as they were intended to be, private.”

NME has contacted Hook for official comment.

Other items included in the “Signature Collection” auction included the infamous Factory Records boardroom table, gig tickets from shows by the likes of Roxy Music, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, props from the film 24 Hour Party People, fanzines, signed Joy Division lyric sheets and more.

A portion of the money raised from the sale was given to The Christie, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and the Epilepsy Society.

Last year, Hook defended his decision to perform Joy Division classics with the Manchester Camerata orchestra at a special gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall.