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The BBC's Tom Brook
"This auction is further testimony to Madonna's iconic pop culture status"
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Wednesday, 18 July, 2001, 19:33 GMT 20:33 UK
Madonna rejection letter for sale
Madonna sale
Madonna's materials go under the hammer
A collection of Madonna memorabilia, including a rejection letter from a record company, has gone on sale in an online auction.

The sale of items, which include letters and postcards written by the singer, is expected to fetch up to 100,000.

Madonna postcard
Madonna wrote of seeking "fame and fortune"
The rejection letter, written by record executive Jimmy Lenner, is expected to fetch about 2,000 and includes Madonna's CV and a four-song demo tape.

The letter stated: "In my opinion, the only thing missing from this project is the material."

'Cultural icon'

Mr Lenner added: "I do not feel that she is ready yet, but I do hear the basis for a strong artist. I will pass for now, but I will wait for more."

Madonna
An early publicity shot of Madonna
The collection is being sold by Gotta Have It, a New York-based shop, in conjunction with Sotheby's.

The collection is being sold by Gotta Have It, a New York-based shop, in conjunction with Sotheby's.

Included in the sale is an electronic keyboard that Madonna, who recently played a set of sell-out concerts in London, used in the hit song Into the Groove and used to compose other early hits including Borderline, Lucky Star and Holiday.

'Fame'

Also for sale is a postcard to Madonna's friend, Ondina Sweet, in which she hints at her future stardom

"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 includes a letter written to 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 describes herself as "old-fashioned" under her "rebelliousness" and says she feels like a "beached whale".

Bizarrely, a complete set of gym equipment that once belonged to Madonna, including weights and benches, is also being sold.

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