Madonna loses legal battle over old trousers

Madonna loses bid to keep Tupac's break-up letter from being auctioned off

Madonna has lost her bid to block some of her personal items - including a break-up letter from late rapper Tupac Shakur - from being sold at auction.

The singer, 59, obtained an injunction to halt the sale previous year after warning that strands left on the hairbrush could be used to extract her DNA.

"The auction house [GottaHaveRockAndRoll] said the online sale of the items will now go ahead in July", wrote the publication of the items.

"I never meant to hurt you", he added.

Madonna had claimed that she didn't know Lutz had possession of the Tupac letter, which was personal in nature.

She had described some of the items as "highly confidential and embarrassing".

Last year Madonna obtained a temporary injunction to block the sale of her one-time possessions - which also included an old hairbrush complete with hair and a pair of the star's trousers - which had been put up for sale by her former friend Darlene Lutz. Art consultant Darlene Lutz had teamed up with bosses at Gotta Have It!

However, "Material Girl" hitmaker objected to the money-making move and obtained a temporary restraining order blocking the sale, alleging the collectibles had been wrongfully taken from her after moving out of her Miami, Florida home in 2004.

"It's a clear cut victory for us", Gotta Have It! auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said. The items up for auction - part of a collection of some 100 pieces - included the 1995 letter from Tupac, who would be shot dead a year later.

A lawyer for Madonna did not immediately return a message for comment.

Shakur also brought up an interview Madonna had given, in which she said she would "rehabilitate all the rappers and baseball players". "If plaintiff's allegations are accepted as true - that Lutz received the letters through inadvertent actions of the plaintiff's assistants", Lebovits wrote, then her case against Lutz is "time-barred and improper".

The singer and Ms Lutz had already settled down a legal dispute over artwork auction back in 2003 and she had signed a release from "any and all" future claims against Tupac.

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