Madonna gets judge to stop sale of her undies, love let­ter

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LON­DON: Madonna won a last­minute le­gal or­der block­ing the auc­tion of her un­der­wear and a love let­ter from for­mer boyfriend Tu­pac Shakur.

Madonna, 58, said she had not re­alised the items were no longer in her pos­ses­sion.

A brush con­tain­ing strands of her hair was also due to be sold in an on­line auc­tion.

But a judge in Man­hat­tan or­dered Gotta Have It! Col­lectibles to pull 22 items from the sale.

Madonna told the court she was “shocked to learn” of the planned auc­tion of Shakur’s let­ter, writ­ten while the rap­per was in prison for sex­ual as­sault, in which he said he had ended their ro­mance be­cause he felt that dat­ing a white woman could jeop­ar­dise his ca­reer.

She said: “The fact that I have at­tained celebrity sta­tus... does not ob­vi­ate my right to main­tain my pri­vacy, in­clud­ing with re­gard to highly per­sonal items.

“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.”

The 1995 let­ter from Shakur, who died af­ter a drive-by shoot­ing the fol­low­ing year, had been ex­pected to fetch up to $400 000 (R5.2 mil­lion).

Other items sched­uled to be sold in­cluded the used un­der­wear and pri­vate pho­to­graphs.

Madonna said her for­mer friend, Dar­lene Lutz, took the items with­out per­mis­sion.

Lutz and the auc­tion house de­nied the pop star’s al­le­ga­tion. – Daily Mail

PIC­TURE: AP

SHOCKED: US pop star Madonna, 58.

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