One of the biggest entertainment news stories of the month has been the Gotta Have It! Collectibles auction of a number of Madonna’s personal items. While the auction is going ahead, a Judge granted Madonna’s request for an emergency injunction against selling 22 items. The Tupac Shakur break-up letter and the Sharon Stone letter are among the items pulled.
Darlene Lutz has partnered with Gotta Have It! Collectibles to sell items from her Madonna collection. Lutz is a former friend, personal assistant and art curator of Madonna’s. Unfortunately, the two had a falling out — leading to a 2005 lawsuit where Madonna accused Lutz of breach of contract.
Madonna claims she was unaware she no longer had the items in question — which, aside from the letters, also include underwear, personal photos and an old checkbook. In a statement to Reuters, Gotta Have It! Collectibles said Madonna’s “intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms Lutz.”
The most talked about items, however, have been the letters. In the Sharon Stone letter, believed to be written to actor John Enos, where Madonna complained about her lackluster film career:
“It’s so unequivocally frustrating to read that Whitney Houston has the music career I wish I had and Sharon Stone has the film career I’ll never have. Not because I want to be these women because I’d rather die, but they’re so horribly mediocre and they’re always being held up as paragons of virtue and some sort of measuring stick to humiliate me.”
Sharon Stone, to her credit, wrote a lovely response. Stone reaffirmed her friendship with Madonna, and objects to the way both Madonna’s and Stone’s own privacy was breached.
In the Tupac Shakur letter, written to Madonna while Shakur was in Rikers Island on a sexual assault charge, Shakur breaks up with Madonna, citing concerns about his own image: “I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.” Shakur would be killed in a drive-by shooting a little over a year and a half after writing the letter.
While Madonna fans will have to do without potentially getting Madge’s old checkbook or personal correspondence, there are still a number of interesting items up for bid. You could be the proud owner of the lace corset from the Like a Virgin cover, Blonde Ambition sketches by Jean-Paul Gaultier and a shirt by Basquiat worn by Madonna. While most items have high opening bids, there’s a number of cheaper items for fans without thousands of dollars to spend on memorabilia — like an original Who’s That Girl tour scarf.
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