An auction of Madonna’s ‘highly personal items’ was halted by a judge


NEW YORK — A judge in Manhattan halted an auction of U.S. pop star Madonna’s personal items that had been set to take place Wednesday, local media reported.

The collection of items included a pair of previously worn underwear, a hairbrush with some of Madonna’s hair and a breakup letter from former boyfriend Tupac Shakur, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

In court papers, the singer said that her celebrity status “does not obviate my right to maintain my privacy, including with regard to highly personal items,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“I understand that my DNA could be extracted from a piece of my hair,” Madonna said, according to the industry newspaper. “It is outrageous and grossly offensive that my DNA could be auctioned for sale to the general public.”

The judge on Tuesday ordered 22 of the items to be pulled from the auction, after Madonna sought an emergency order, the Hollywood Reporter said.

The pop star’s “legal army” had taken “what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale,” said a representative for the auction house, according to Rolling Stone.