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

Judge tosses Madonna lawsuit over 2Pac handwritten letter

But now Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Gerald Lebovits has released the items citing the short statute of limitations.

You might recall how back in July of past year, it was announced that a letter written by Tupac Shakur to Madonna was set to head for auction, with bidding starting at $100,000.

Collectibles last July (2017) to put a number of the singer's old items, including a note sent to Madonna by her ex-boyfriend, the late Tupac, up for sale. She then filed suit in NY in August 2017 in an effort to halt the auction indefinitely.

The Material Girl had sued her former friend, Darlene Lutz, and Gotta Have It! online auction house last July to prevent Lutz from profiting off Madonna's letters, cassette tapes and photos. The judge ruled that Madonna had forfeited her right to the items after signing a 2004 settlement agreement with Lutz following their nasty dispute.

He also ruled that she waited too long to sue over her missing possessions. Lutz came into possession of some of Madonna's items over the course of their two-decade long relationship, but because of the release, it looks like Madonna is out of luck for getting back this personal pop culture artifact.

"Yet before this action began, the plaintiff did not make any demand to return her possessions".

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

"It's a clear-cut victory for us", gottahaverockandroll.com co-owner Ed Kosinski said.

The auction site said that they knew from the beginning that they would prevail. "We were confident that Madonna had no claim whatsoever", the company said in a statement. The rapper wrote her the letter from jail in 1995 and included details of their breakup.

A year ago before the lawsuit, the opening bid for the letter was $100,000.

Madonna has yet to comment on the court decision, but Lutz's attorney, Judd Grossman, is celebrating what he's called a "complete win" for his client.

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