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Auction house is allowed to sell Tupac's breakup letter to Madonna

Auction house is allowed to sell Tupac's breakup letter to Madonna

Auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll has said it would continue with the sale of the items in July.

Yesterday (April 23), Justice Gerald Lebovitz ruled that aside from waiting too long to sue for her belongings back after they'd been out of her possession for so long, under a 2004 kiss-off agreement with Lutz, the "Material Girl" singer forfeited her right to claw back her private items.

In the emotional break-up letter dated January 15, 1995, Tupac said that dating a black man could only help her career, while being with a white woman could harm his.

In the court filing, Madonna claimed she was not aware she no longer possessed the items and that Lutz had "betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent". 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.

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Other items included in this collection were silk underwear belonging to the star and a hairbrush with strands of her hair. The judge questioned why Madonna had pursued Ms Lutz rather than her own assistants, who Madonna claimed gave her possessions to the dealer.

In 2017, a large cache of Madonna's personal items went up for auction. "We were confident that Madonna had no claim whatsoever, and the judge clearly agreed with us", said auction house co-owners Ed Kosinski & Pete Siegel. I also have a specific memory of reading the letter. "Yet before this auction began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions". Lutz's lawyer, Judd Grossman, called the decision "a total win", saying: "Ms Lutz is now free to do with her property as she pleases without any continued interference by Madonna". I never gave this letter away.

The auction house has now won the legal battle, and the auction will go ahead in July.

Legal reps for Lutz argued that their client was well within her rights to sell the items.

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