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You, Too, Can Own a Piece of Madonna

Herb Ritts

Get into the groove with an insider's peek at the world's largest Madge auction

Calling all material girls! Want a piece of Madonna’s material world? Next month, more than 130 of the pop legend’s personal and professional items are up for grabs — the largest collection of her memorabilia to hit the market — as part of Julien’s Auctions’ Icons & Idols in Rock ’n Roll. Fans from around the world can bid on everything from her junior high school yearbook, a ’90s MTV Video Music Award moon man and rare photography to the wedding gown she wore when she married Sean Penn in 1985. “Madonna is a global fashion and music icon,” says the gallery’s co-founder Martin Nolan, who worked with a group of U.K. private investors to curate the collection. “She’s highly collectable.”  

Open for public viewing Nov. 3; auction takes place Nov. 7 and 8 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., or juliensauctions.com.

 

HERB RITTS PHOTO (pictured above)

After photographer Herb Ritts met Madonna on the set of Desperately Seeking Susan, the duo collaborated on a series of photos. This original print was used for her 1986 album, True Blue. Bidding starts at $300.

 

DICK TRACY BROOCH

As nightclub singer Breathless Mahoney in 1990’s Dick Tracy, Madonna wore lots of Art Deco-era sparkle, like a crystal and onyx brooch. Bidding starts at $500.

 

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN JACKET & EARRINGS

The jacquard cropped tuxedo jacket emblazoned with a golden-eye pyramid was worn with golden pharaoh earrings. Bidding starts at $15,000 for the jacket, $3,500 for the earrings.

 

"MATERIAL GIRL" GOWN

This gown was originally created for a Marilyn Monroe biopic, but was worn instead in Madonna's 1985 “Material Girl” music video. Bidding starts at $20,000.

 

EVITA DRESS & HEELS

Forty dresses and accessories from her Golden Globe-winning role as Argentina’s first lady in 1996’s Evita are up for grabs, including this vintage draped shirtdress trimmed in black velvet. Bidding starts at $1,000 for the dress and $500 for the shoes.

 

WHO’S THAT GIRL DRESS

Layers of powder blue tulle adorn this one-of-a-kind frock, designed by Marlene Stewart and worn onstage during the 1987 Who’s That Girl World Tour. Bidding starts at $15,000.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY LETTER

In an open letter to her fans in 1994 Madonna quips, “Im sending you a million kisses and hoping that you’re all being either very good or verry verry bad!!!” Bidding starts at $500.

 

PENTHOUSE PHOTO

This color transparency of an 18-year-old pre-fame Madonna appeared in the September 1987 issue of Penthouse. Bidding starts at $200.

 

This story first appeared in the Oct. 25 issue of Billboard magazine.

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