Madonna has lost her appeal to stop the sale of a letter Tupac Shakur sent her when they broke up.
The 60-year-old songstress sued online auctioneer Gotta Have It! Collectibles and her former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz, for attempting to sell a note from her late former lover - who was killed in 1997 - which revealed that he thought their romance could jeopardise his career because of their different races.
However, the New York State Appeals Court ruled on Tuesday, June 4, that Madonna can't pursue claims against Lutz or Gotta Have Rock and Roll for selling the letter, as well as silk underwear that belonged to the 'Material Girl' hitmaker and a hairbrush with strands of her hair, to the online auction house.
The lawyer for Lutz and the company, Hartley Bernstein, said in a statement: "We feel that the court came to the absolutely correct decision and it's good to know that justice is blind to things like celebrity and that facts will prevail."
In April 2018, a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled that Lutz would be able to sell on personal items belonging to the singer because the statute of limitation to recover items had passed.