An auction of some of Madonna's personal items was halted by a judge on Tuesday. A love letter from Tupac Shakur, a pair of worn underwear and a hairbrush containing her hair were among the items scheduled to be up for sale Wednesday.
According to NBC News, Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to pull 22 items from its auction after Madonna sought an emergency court order. The pop singer stated that she was shocked to learn that the Tupac letter was no longer in her possession.
"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 stated in the 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."
The court papers accused Darlene Lutz as the person behind the auction. She is art consultant and was a "frequent overnight guest" in Madonna's home. A spokesperson for Lutz refuted the allegations.
"Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz's legal property," spokesman Pete Siegel told the New York Post. "We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back."
The love letter was expected to sell for over $400,000.
Other love letters from the star’s past boyfriends John Enos and Peter Shue were also up for auction.
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