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Friday, 3 August, 2001, 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK
Madonna's bras fetch big bucks
Madonna sale
Bids came from around the world
Madonna fans have beaten expectations and spent more than $200,000 (143,000) on the star's clothes and memorabilia in an online auction.

Two of the singer's bras, worn on tour, became the most expensive Madonna outfits ever - selling for more than $20,000 (14,000) each on

Madonna on stage during 1993's Girlie Tour
1993's Girlie Tour required 1,500 costumes
They had only been expected to sell for about $10,000 (7,000).

Hand-written lyrics for hit Like A Prayer also sold for $20,000, despite a pre-sale estimate of $10-15,000 (7-10,500).

The whole sale had only been expected to fetch up to $140,000 (100,000).

"The global interest along with the record prices achieved have further cemented Madonna's place in pop culture history," said Bob Schagrin, co-owner of New York shop Gotta Have It!, which held the auction with Sotheby's.

"Bids came from across the United States and around the world."

Madonna's tassled outfit
The tassled outfit sold for $20,550 (14,400)
A rejection letter from a record executive, including Madonna's CV and a four-song demo tape, sold for more than $6,000 (4,200) - twice the maximum expected price.

In the letter, Millennium Records' Jimmy Lenner wrote that he felt Madonna was "not ready" to make it as a star.

But she did - and has become so successful that a beaded Dolce and Gabbana bra, worn on the 1993 Girlie Tour, can change hands for $23,850 (16,500).

Its pre-sale estimate was only $7-9,000 (5-6,300).

The other big-money bra to find a new owner was last seen on the 1987 Who's That Girl tour, and the black and sequined item with gold tassles sold for $20,550 (14,400).

The rejection letter
The rejection letter said she was "not ready"
A pair of black and gold beaded gloves from the same tour fetched more than $7,000 (5,000), while a pair of jewelled glasses sold for just over $6,000 (4,200).

Other items from the star's wardrobe to be sold included a suit designed by John Galliano for the Take A Bow video ($13,800, 9,700), a lace gown by Jean-Paul Gaultier ($11,200, 7,800) and a pair of shoes from the film Evita ($3,565, 2,500).

An MTV Music Video Award, for Express Yourself sold for $11,500 (8,000).

Among the lots were items from Madonna's pre-fame days.

A postcard to Madonna's friend, Ondina Sweet, in which she hints at her future stardom, was offered.

Madonna postcard
Madonna wrote of seeking "fame and fortune"
"If I can get the money I really want to go to New York," she wrote.

"If not for fame and fortune, at least for the experience."

The sale also included a letter written to author Norman Mailer, thanking him for an article he had written about the star.

"It is a pleasure to be understood and a rare occasion to be quoted correctly," she wrote.

In a letter to basketball player Dennis Rodman she described herself as "old-fashioned" under her "rebelliousness" and says she felt like a "beached whale".

Earlier this year, a black satin conical bra worn on the Blonde Ambition world tour also sold for $20,000 at auction.

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