American pop superstar Madonna has moved to stop the impending auction of her personal items, including a love letter from her ex-boyfriend, the late rapper Tupac Shakur; a pair of panties and a hairbrush containing her hair.
The auction was halted by a judge at her request on Tuesday. Subsequently, Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its rock-and-roll-themed auction scheduled for Wednesday.
According to Madonna, she was shocked out of her wits when she found out about the auction of her personal stuff which she claims were stolen by her former friend. Thus, the Frozen hitmaker sought an emergency court order a day before the auction house was set to start taking bids for more than 100 items, with Tupac’s letter expected to fetch as much as $400,000.
Much of the collection is listed as coming from New York art dealer Darlene Lutz. Madonna told the court that Lutz used to be a close friend and had access to the personal items when she helped Madonna pack up a house in Miami.
“It seems obvious that Defendant Lutz betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent and now attempts to profit by auctioning off my personal belongings and private communications to the general public,” Madonna said.
The singer was particular disconcerted that her DNA would be sold to the highest bidder.
“The fact that I have attained celebrity status as a result of success in my career does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,” Madonna said in court papers. “I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair. It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”
Other Madonna items scheduled to be auctioned were private photographs taken at a bachelorette party at her Miami home, personal letters, cassette tapes of unreleased recordings and a startingly frank letter to another former lover, actor John Enos.
Tupac Shakur who was one of the best-selling rappers of all time dated Madonna briefly in the early 1990s. He later died of injuries suffered in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996.