You, Too, Can Own a Piece of Madonna
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.
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.