Pop icon Madonna has filed an emergency court order to block the auction of a prison letter from Tupac. The order, filed in New York, will put the auction on hold, which was scheduled to go off today.
According to E!News, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, Inc. was in charge of running the auction. Along with the letter, the auction also included a worn pair of underwear and other items.
The order, according to Page Six, was successful, as Manhattan Supreme Court judge Gerald Leibovits has ordered Gotta Have It! Collectibles to remove many Madonna-related items from their auction and website.
“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 said in the emergency suit.
Madonna said she was shocked that her letter from Tupac was even included in the auction, as she was unaware it was no longer in her possession.
Other items that were up for auction included unreleased recordings, personal photographs and intimate love letters to past flames, including Peter Shue and John Enos.
Madonna says former friend and art consultant Darlene Lutz is behind the sale of her items. Lutz, she says, “would have had access to these items on numerous occasions,” as she was a “frequent overnight guest” in her home.
The letter from Tupac made headlines when it was publicized earlier in the month. The personal letter revealed that the former couple broke up over race.
“Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career. If anything it would make you seem that much more open & exciting,” the letter read. “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. I never meant to hurt you.”