Madonna memorabilia takes center stage in celebrity auction

NEW YORK: Costumes, gowns and jewelry worn by Madonna in films such as Evita and A League of Their Own and in the ‘Material Girl’ music video will be the highlights of a celebrity auction next month in Beverly Hills, Julien’s Auctions said on Tuesday.

They are more than 140 items from Madonna’s life and career that could fetch a combined total of up to $500,000 in the two-day in-house and online auction beginning Nov. 7.

“This is the biggest collection of Madonna items ever to come to auction at one time,” said Martin Nolan, the executive director of the auction house.

Many of the items in the auction are from a collection amassed by Marquee Capital, a London-based niche asset management company specializing in alternative investments, and other sources and collectors.

Among the stand-out lots is the strapless, evening gown, mink cape and jewelry Madonna wore in her ‘Material Girl’ music video, which together could sell for at much as $70,000.

Nolan said Madonna admired Marilyn Monroe and had chosen to wear the pink gown that the actress had worn back in the 1950s when she made the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“We have that particular outfit,” said Nolan.

The auction will also include the inauguration dress Madonna, 56, wore when she played Eva Peron, the first lady of Argentina, in the hit 1996 musical Evita; the uniform, ball and catcher’s mitt from 1992’s A League of Their Own; and the white jumpsuit, mink coat and cowboy hat she wore in the ‘Music’ video.

In addition to the beaded, ivory gown from Evita, Julien’s is selling 38 costumes the pop diva wore from the 85 that were featured in the film.

The wedding dress, veil and shoes that Madonna wore when she married actor Sean Penn in 1985 in California are expected to fetch up to $60,000, and the annulment papers ending the union in 1987 will also be offered. The couple divorced in 1989.

Madonna was named the highest-earning celebrity in 2013 by Forbes magazine. She raked in an estimated $125 million from June 2012 to June 2013, thanks to her worldwide MNDA Tour, merchandising sales, her fragrance and her Material Girl clothing line.

“She really is a true icon, highly talented and a very smart businesswoman,” said Nolan.

The Madonna collection, which is expected to attract collectors, museums and investors, is part of Julien’s “Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which will include more than 700 lots, representing 40 artists such a pop singers Katy Perry, Beyonce and Lady Gaga, and country-western star Naomi Judd.

“They are selling their own items and a generous portion is going to go to their charities,” said Nolan, adding the total estimate for the entire sale is $1.2 million to $1.8 million.


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Billboard Cover: Managers of U2, Pharrell, Madonna & More Unite to Revolutionize the Music Industry

biz-cover-02-bb35-2014-billboard-990Guy Oseary is unveiling the new Maverick: music’s biggest, most fiercely protected secret of the year, in which he’s rallying eight other top artist managers to partner with Live Nation and potentially reinvent a broken industry

Guy Oseary has proven, if nothing else, that he can keep a secret. From everyone — the music industry, his colleagues, his clients, even his wife — and for months now.

But the secret’s so important, so game-changing in its scope, that it has given him the rare occasion to be in Los Angeles long enough to accommodate a four-hour-plus block of meetings, keeping at bay a schedule filled with the global itineraries that come with managing superstar acts like Madonna, U2 and Alicia Keys — not to mention a tech fund with As

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Madonna’s manager denies Ariel Pink collaboration

MADONNA’s representative has denied controversial indie artist ARIEL PINK’s recent announcement that he has been hired to work on her upcoming album.


In a recent interview with Faster Louder, the Los Angeles-based musician claimed bosses at the Material Girl’s record company contacted him about writing songs for her 13th studio album, and he also took a shot at her career in the process.

He said, “Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna’s record. She can’t just have her Avicii, her producers or whatever, come up with a new techno jam for her to gyrate to and pretend that she’s 20 years old… They need songwriting… They actually need songs.

“The first record was so good because of the songs. It’s been a downward slide since. Ray of Light is not cool. And all the other stuff she’s done after that, it’s not like it matters. It really shows a drain of values.”

However Madonna’s longtime manager Guy Oseary has now responded to Pink’s claims, writing in a post on, “Madonna and I have never heard of Pink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with (him).”

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Book: Madonna – Her Story Author: Caroline Sullivan

Published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking like a Virgin and featuring a wealth of rare and iconic photograhs, Madonna, her story is written by acclaimed music journalist Caroline Sullivan and is a unique exploration of the extraordinary output of this legendary pop star.

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Perfect book for all fans of Madonna.

Thus hardback book has 256 pages and measures: 29 x 25 x 2.5cm.



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