A judge in New York prevented the auction of some personal items of Madonna, which included a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur, a pair of her panties and a brush that had some hair of the singer. Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered the store Gotta have It! Collectibles that will remove 22 items from its rock-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday, July 19. The Material Girl asked for an emergency injunction and said she was surprised to hear of the Internet auction of Tupac’s letter, saying she was unaware that it was not in her possession.
The fact that I achieved celebrity status because of my career success did not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, even with respect to highly personal articles the pop star said in court documents. I understand that my DNA could be extracted from one of my hairs. It is outrageous and extremely offensive that my DNA can be auctioned.
According to court documents, Tupac’s letter could reach $ 400,000 in the auction. Tupac, one of the best-selling rappers of all time, dated Madonna in the early 1990s and died of wounds sustained in a 1996 shoot-out in Las Vegas. Madonna, responsible for such hits as Like a Virgin and Vogue sold hundreds of millions of records.
Among the personal items that are part of the sale there are private photographs taken at a bachelorette party at her Miami home, personal letters and cassette tapes with unreleased recordings. The singer pointed out in court papers Darlene Lutz, an examine art consultant and frequent guest” at home when she “had no residence” as the person who would be behind the auction of her articles.
A representative for Lutz and the auction house said the allegations would be contested and refuted” in court. “Madonna and her legal army took completely unfounded and undeserved actions to temporarily suspend the sale of Miss Lutz’s legal properties spokesman Pete Siegel told The New York Post. We are confident that we will recover Madonna’s items.