Madonna’s personal letters won’t be auctioned off after all.
According to TMZ, the singer’s legal team successfully removed most of her items listed in Gotta Have Rock and Roll’s catalog. The auction site was set to sell about 20 of Madonna’s belongings, including her breakup letter from 2Pac, as well as a note in which she called Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone “horribly mediocre.”
The 58-year-old singer filed a temporary restraining order Tuesday against the New York auction house, just a day before the auction would begin. Other listed items included photos, a checkbook, and a pair of worn panties. Madonna’s former art curator Darlene Lutz reportedly consigned the items to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.
In documents obtained by TMZ, Madonna claimed she was not aware the items had been removed from home until news outlets began reporting the auction. The singer accused Lutz of betraying her “trust in an outrageous effort to obtain [her] possessions without [her] knowledge or consent.”
A representative for Gotta Have Rock and Roll insisted the pieces belonged to Lutz and auction house intends to challenge the court order.
“Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property,” the spokesperson told TMZ. “We believe that her intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms. Lutz. Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course."