On Tuesday, Madonna
filed an emergency court order in New York when she realized that a number of her personal possessions were up for auction by Gotta Have Rock and Roll. These items included things like a hairbrush with her hair in it, panties, and most notably, a break up letter from Tupac that the late rapper wrote while he was in prison. In the letter, Tupac eloquently gives his reasons for breaking up with the pop superstar, and states that he "offer[s] my friendship again, this time much stronger and focused."
The request for a restraining order against the auction house aimed to remove 20 items from the sale, although the auction begins today and still features over 100 Madonna items. Madonna has claimed that she had no knowledge that any of her possessions were missing, let alone being sold in an auction, until she read reports about the auction. Apparently, Madonna's former friend and art consultant Darlene Lutz was the one who allowed Gotta Have Rock and Roll to auction off the items, and according to court documents, Madonna felt that Lutz had "betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent." In response, a spokesperson from the auction house and Darlene Lutz have said "Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz's legal property. We believe that her intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms. Lutz. Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course."
I'm siding with Madonna on this one. I don't see why Madonna would have any reason to "besmirch" the reputations of an auction house and a former friend. On the other hand, there would be pretty obvious benefits for Lutz and the auction house if they were to sell Madonna's personal items - just the Tupac break up letter alone was expected to be sold for up to $100,000. Madonna may be one of the biggest names in the world, but she still deserves to have some privacy; selling her underwear without her knowing is weird, and just plain wrong.