Auction News | Music memorabilia

Madonna and Tupac letter will sell after all

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26 April 2018 12:00

Madonna has lost her bid to stop the sale of her memorabilia, including a breakup letter sent to her by the rapper Tupac.
It’s set to cross the block at online auctioneer Gotta Have Rock and Roll later in the year, with bidding due to start at $100,000.

That estimate might seem on the high side, but another letter written by Tupac sold for $172,725 in 2016.

The two stars briefly dated in the early 1990s, when Madonna was an international superstar and Tupac was still at the beginning of his career.

The deeply personal letter dates to 1995 (Image: Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

In the text Tupac explains his reasons for ending the relationship: "For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardise your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting.

"But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my ‘image’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was.

"In the time since, as you can see, I have grown grown both spiritually and mentally. It no longer matters how I’m perceived. Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with [an] extremely famous sex symbol."

The letter was originally offered for sale last year, along with 22 other items, from the collection of Madonna’s (former) close friend Darlene Lutz.

Madonna filed suit against Lutz, but her claim was rejected and the items can all now be legally sold.

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