Judge halts auc­tion af­ter Madonna’s ob­jec­tion

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Ajudge on Wed­nes­day halted an auc­tion of in­ti­mate items of Madonna (right), in­clud­ing a breakup let­ter from the late rap­per Tu­pac Shakur, af­ter the pop su­per­star said that her pri­vacy was vi­o­lated.

New York Jus­tice Ger­ald Le­bovits or­dered a hear­ing on the dis­pute for Septem­ber 6 and barred the auc­tion house, Gotta Have Rock and Roll, from hold­ing the sale in the mean­time. Madonna had, on Tues­day, asked the court to in­ter­vene, say­ing that the items were taken with­out her per­mis­sion. “The fact that I may 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,” said the Ma­te­rial Girl singer in a state­ment to the court.

The items in­clude a let­ter from Tu­pac Shakur, with whom Madonna had a re­la­tion­ship that was lit­tle known pub­licly un­til re­cently. In the 1995 let­ter, Tu­pac, who’d be shot dead the fol­low­ing year, said that he was up­set with Madonna for say­ing in an in­ter­view, “I’m off to re­ha­bil­i­tate all the rap­pers and bas­ket­ball play­ers.” He also said that his im­age could suf­fer by dat­ing a white woman.

Many of the 100-odd items up for auc­tion were iden­ti­fied as com­ing from Dar­lene Lutz, a New York art dealer who had been Madonna’s friend. She said that Lutz had helped her pack up a Mi­ami house where much of the mem­o­ra­bilia was kept.

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