Madonna loses auction suit after judge rules she waited too long

Calvin Saunders
April 25, 2018

Bidding on the letter reached $100,000 in July 2017 before Madonna filed an emergency court order over Gotta Have Rock and Roll's auction and 22 contested items, which came from the collection of Madonna's former personal assistant, Darlene Lutz.

Madonna failed to stop her longtime friend and auctioneer Darlene Lutz to stop the sale, which was stopped temporarily pending the outcome of the matter.

The singer had sued Lutz last July to prevent her from profiting off the items, which also include a pair of used panties and a used hairbrush. I never gave this letter away.

In 2015, Madonna revealed that she and Tupac secretly dated but it is not known how long their relationship lasted.

You might recall how back in July of a year ago, it was announced that a letter written by Tupac Shakur to Madonna was set to head for auction, with bidding starting at $100,000.

Another breakup letter written by Madonna and addressed to "J", believed to be actor John Enos, also features, in which she calls Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone "horribly mediocre".

"It's a clear cut victory for us", Gotta Have It! online auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said.

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The auction contains a second letter, sent from Madonna to "J", in which she describes Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone as "horribly mediocre". She then filed suit in NY in August 2017 in an effort to halt the auction indefinitely.

On Monday (April 23), the NY judge presiding over the case ruled in favour of the auctioneers, saying the statute of limitations to recover her items had passed.

The singer and Ms Lutz had already settled down a legal dispute over artwork auction back in 2003 and she had signed a release from "any and all" future claims against Tupac.

However, a judge has since ruled that Madonna's legal action was misdirection.

And now she has lost the court bid despite claiming that she had rights to maintain her privacy with Tupac and other highly personal items.

A lawyer for Madonna did not immediately return a message for comment.

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