She’s a “Material Girl” — and those are her materials.
Madonna won an emergency court order Tuesday barring an auction house from putting an array of memorabilia up for bid, including her love letters, “personally worn panties” and a handwritten letter from her former boyfriend Tupac Shakur while he was in prison.
The temporary restraining order issued by Justice Gerald Lebovits halted, for now, the online auction by Gotta Have Rock and Roll that was to begin Wednesday morning.
In an affidavit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Madonna, 58, said she learned of the planned auction of belongings she thought were still in her possession on July 8. She blamed a “former friend,” Darlene Lutz.
“I became aware through media reports that there was a planned auction of extremely personal, private correspondence I received from a former boyfriend, the late recording artist and actor Tupac Shakur,” Madonna said of the letter with a minimum bid of $ 100,000.
“I had no idea that the Shakur Letter was no longer in my possession.”
In the 1995 note to Madonna, Shakur (inset) blamed their breakup on society’s perception of a black man dating an older white woman.
The auction includes more than 120 of Madonna’s items, though the Queen of Pop sought to block the sale of only 22 of them. Her lawyer Brendan O’Rourke described those lots as “highly confidential and embarrassing.”
A spokesman for the E. 57th St. auction house 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.”
Among the items: a letter from the early 1990s from Madonna to actor John Enos, whom she once dated, in which she called Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone “so horribly mediocre.”
“Maybe this is what black people felt like when Elvis Presley got huge,” she wrote, according to the auction site. “It’s so unequivocally frustrating to read that Whitney Houston has the music career I wish I had and Sharon Stone has the film career I’ll never have. Not because I want to be these women because I’d rather die but they’re so horribly mediocre.”
Papers note that many of the items up for auction came from Madonna’s Miami home. Lutz helped pack up property when Madonna moved out.
Other belongings up for bid include private letters, photos and a brush with Madonna’s hair.