Now that the court battles are over, Tupac Shakur’s break-up letter to Madonna will hit the auction block.
Madonna apparently signed a broad release in 2004 preventing her from contesting any sale of the letter. She sued to halt the auction, but lost the challenge and subsequent appeal.
In the three-page letter, Shakur explains he never meant to hurt Madonna, but he has to end their relationship because she’s white.
“For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career — if anything it would make you seem that much more open and exciting,” the rapper wrote. “But for me, at least in my previous perception, I felt due to my ‘image,’ I would be letting down half of the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you.”
Shakur also admits that Madonna shattered his ego when she told an interviewer, “‘I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers and basketball players’ or something to that effect.” But he also apologizes: “Like you said, I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being.”
Shakur died September 13, 1996, six days after being shot in Las Vegas.
The auction begins 9 a.m. EDT on July 17 and ends July 26. There are other Madonna items available, as well as from Beyoncé, Elton John, Lady Gaga and dozens more.
You can see everything at GottaHaveRockandRoll.com.
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