‘Why Shouldn’t I Be Able to Make Money Off This?’: Madonna’s Ex-Art Advisor on Why She’s Selling the Singer’s Personal Belongings
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‘Why Shouldn’t I Be Able to Make Money Off This?’: Madonna’s Ex-Art Advisor on Why She’s Selling the Singer’s Personal Belongings

Darlene Lutz. Photo courtesy of Darlene Lutz. In the art world, you don’t often hear the name Darlene Lutz. She doesn’t own a gallery. She’s not an auctioneer. She isn’t intimately tied to any big-time, blue-chip artists, or even any rising stars. Her claim to fame actually doesn’t come from the art world, strictly speaking. Instead, it stems from an acrimonious lawsuit against her onetime friend Madonna. It was a case made in tabloid heaven. In early 2017, Lutz, who makes her money as an art advisor, attempted to sell off a cache of personal effects that once belonged to the singer through the New York-based auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll. Among the items were costume lingerie worn by Madonna during performances, a brush full of hair, and—most famously— a letter sent to Madonna by Tupac Shakur while he was in prison in which he ended their romantic affair. Madonna sued, contending that she had been unaware that she no longer owned the objects that Lutz was selling. The singer told Reuters that Lutz had “betrayed my trust in an outrageous effort to obtain my possessions without my knowledge or consent.” In July that year, a judge […]

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