Madonna collectors were no doubt very excited for this week. An online auction site called Gotta Have Rock and Roll was planning on selling off a whole lot of Madonna’s old things this morning. Like a letter she received from Tupac while he was in prison, a letter Madonna wrote calling Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone “horribly mediocre,” pictures, sunglasses, a hairbrush with her hair, and Madge’s old panties. Well, you’re not going to hear any stories about a telephone bidder named L. Gaga scooping up the whole lot for “personal research,” because Madonna put a stop to the auction.
TMZ says that Madonna was blindsided by the auction, and she had no idea her shit was up for sale. Yesterday she filed an emergency court order in NYC. According to the documents, Madonna claims she never knew some of her personal items were no longer in her possession, and she was not happy that they were being sold to the highest bidder.
“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. 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.”
Madonna was looking to block the sale of 22 of the 120 items up for auction, including the Tupac letter, which Madonna believed was expected to sell for $400,000. She believes the items were taken by a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz. I would love to hear Darlene the art consultant explain the history of those panties. “Ah, this is a marvelous piece. American mid-90s cotton and mixed media, in the traditional thong style.”
The New York Daily News says that a judge sided with Madonna and granted her that emergency court order. The judge also ordered Gotta Have Rock and Roll to remove the items from the site. A spokesperson for Gotta Have Rock and Roll released a statement about the auction drama, and they’re slapping at Madonna for making them look bad.
“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.”
So anyone who was hoping to spend their pennies on a hairbrush previously owned by Madonna with some of her hair tangled in the bristles is out of luck today. In the meantime, there’s always Craigslist. I’m sure there’s someone with a spare Goody under their bathroom sink that they would run through their hair a couple times while singing Like A Virgin that they’d be happy to let go for $10.