Madonna loses auction suit after judge rules she waited too long

Madonna had said she didn't realize the items were no longer in her possession until she saw press coverage of the auction.

A letter between Tupac and Madonna can be sold at auction, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled Monday.

She recalled: "I have a specific memory of receiving that letter because I had a close personal relationship with Tupac Shakur and I specifically remember receiving a phone call from him while he was in jail".

"For you to be seen with a black man wouldn't in any way jeopardise your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting", the letter read.

As the Telegraph reports, New York Judge Gerald Lebovits has now agreed with Ms Lutz in a ruling that states that all legal disputes between the pair were settled in 2004.

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.

Madonna loses bid to stop sale of break-up letter from late rapper Tupac
Madonna loses bid to stop sale of break-up letter from late rapper Tupac

Madonna had claimed in her lawsuit that she did not know Lutz was in possession of the personal letter until she heard about the auction past year.

The auction contains a second letter, sent from Madonna to "J", in which she describes Whitney Houston and Sharon Stone as "horribly mediocre". Lutz's lawyer, Judd Grossman, called the decision "a total win", saying: "Ms Lutz is now free to do with her property as she pleases without any continued interference by Madonna".

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

She also said: "The fact that I 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".

"It's a clear cut victory for us", Gotta Have It! auction house co-owner Ed Kosinski said.

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.

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