An upcoming online auction of Madonna's used panties, a hairbrush containing her hair, and a love letter to her from Tupac Shakur was stopped on July 18 by Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Gerald Leibovitz.
The 58-year-old singer filed a motion for an emergency court order against the auction, notes The Associated Press:
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. 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.
According to court documents, Shakur's love letter to Madonna, written in the early 1990s, could be sold for as much as $400,000.
Some other Madonna items that are scheduled to be auctioned off include private pictures taken at her Miami home, cassette tapes of unreleased songs, and more personal letters.
Madonna's court filing named her former friend Darlene Lutz as being behind the auction items. According to Madonna, Lutz was a "frequent overnight guest" in Madonna's home when Madonna was not home.
Lutz's spokesman Pete Siegel told the New York Post that Madonna's court assertions will be "vigorously challenged and refuted."
"Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz's legal property," Siegel added. "We are confident that the Madonna memorabilia will be back."
Several of Madonna's personal items, including some panties, went to auction in 2014, noted Page Six at the time.
At the time, Madonna's publicist Liz Rosenberg said that Madonna was in Europe and unaware of the auction by Julien's Auctions of Beverly Hills, which was also auctioning off some negatives and prints of Madonna in the nude that were photographed in 1979.
The auction catalog noted that other Madonna items included "the latex mask, waspie, gloves, bra and panties worn with Katy Perry for a 2014 V Magazine cover photo shoot (Estimate: $1,000-$4,000)."
The auction also included Madonna's dress, stole and jewelry from her "Material Girl" video, as well some movie costumes that she wore in "Evita," "A League of Their Own" and "The Next Best Thing."
"I do not believe any of what is being auctioned off was in Madonna’s possession," Rosenberg told Page Six. "Designers often supply clothes for shoots that are then returned to the designers."
Other items up for auction included Madonna’s day planner/diary from 1988 and a document signed by Madonna's former husband Sean Penn that was related to their legal separation.