An important life lesson to be learned from this story:
Never, ever mail your underwear to a love interest.
A Manhattan state Supreme Court judge halted the auction, set to begin Wednesday, of some of Madonna’s personal items including underwear and love letters.
The superstar on Tuesday sued Gotta Have Rock and Roll, which was running the auction, and Darlene Lutz, her former friend and art consultant, objecting to the auction of 22 specific items.
“The fact that I may 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,” Madonna said in court documents.
Late Tuesday, Justice Gerald Lebovits issued a ruling temporarily blocking the auction house from selling or displaying the objects….
On Wednesday, Ms. Lutz’s lawyers sought to vacate the temporary restraining order….
The property wasn’t stolen, the lawyers contend. The underwear, for example, she sent to a former love interest. “If Madonna truly wanted privacy, then mailing her lingerie was not the way to go,” they added.
In the court filing, Madonna said Ms. Lutz was a frequent overnight guest and would have had access to the items on numerous occasions. Among the things she objected to were a hairbrush, her personal checkbook and “intimate love letters,” including from former boyfriend Tupac Shakur, a rapper and actor who died in 1996.
“I was shocked to learn of the planned auctioning of the Shakur Letter, as I had no idea that the Shakur Letter was no longer in my possession,” she wrote.
The auction house expects the Shakur letter to fetch from $300,000 to $400,000, and the underwear lot to net from $10,000 to $20,000….
Lawyers are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 6.