Late rap superstar Tupac Shakur – who was gunned down in 1996 – ditched Madonna after their 18-month-long fling because she’s white and their relationship was bad for his gangsta-style image.
The late rapper had penned a three-page letter to the pop queen while in prison in 1995 to express his reasons for breaking up with her. However, Madonna legally transferred the letter to her former art consultant, Darlene Lutz – as part of a 2004 settlement agreement.
Now, a judge sitting in the New York Supreme Court has ultimately ruled that the three-page, hand-written letter now belongs to the auction company Gotta Have Rock and Roll and has the right to auction off the infamous break-up letter after they obtained it from Lutz.
Madonna recently lost an appeal to block the sale. A New York State Appeals Court ruled that she cannot pursue claims against Gotta Have Rock and Roll as well as her former friend and art consultant Darlene Lutz, who was in possession of the letter until transferring it to the aforementioned memorabilia company.
The Appeal Court ruled that Madonna’s claims were barred by a “very broad” release in her 2004 settlement agreement with Lutz that as the rightful owner, she was “free to do with the property as she wished”.
Pac’s handwritten letter to Madonna was penned in 1995. In the note, he wrote;
I must apologize to you. Because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being.
Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy but at the risk of sounding over dramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black man to properly show affection for an older white woman.
The memorabilia company has set the opening bid at $100,000 and has estimated that the hand-written letter will sell for up to $300,000. The auction opens on July 17, with partial proceeds from the letter’s sale to be donated to Breastcancer.org.
You can read the letter here.