Madonna loses legal battle to block sale of Tupac's love letter

Madonna loses auction suit after judge rules she waited too long

"But for me at least in my previous perception I felt due to my "image" that I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was".

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. The "Ray of Light" singer filed a temporary restraining order against the Gotta Have It Collectibles auction house in an attempt to halt the sale citing that the was unaware of the items no longer being in her possession, let alone up for auction.

In 2017, a large cache of Madonna's personal items went up for auction. I also have a specific memory of reading the letter. "It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public".

Lutz has denied Madonna's claims in a deposition stating the singer never read her fan mail because she had no interest in her legions of followers. "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.

If you've still got your cash saved up from the last time the letter was briefly up for sale, you'll have another chance to put down a bid when the letter goes back up for sale in July.

Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits released the items back to online auctioneer Gotta Have It! "Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions", reports the NY Daily News.

In 2004, Madonna had also signed a release from "any and all" future claims against Lutz, meaning she could not bring this lawsuit.

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. Now, a judge has ruled that it will remain available for purchase, despite Madonna's objections.

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