The New York Supreme Court has ruled that Tupac Shakur’s infamous breakup letter he wrote to Madonna while he was in prison should be auctioned off.
The court said that the letter now belongs to the auction company Gotta Have Rock and Roll and not the pop icon despite her protests for the letter not be sold.
The company obtained the letter from Madonna’s former art consultant Darlene Lutz and they plan to auction it off to the highest bidder on July 17.
Shakur hand-wrote the three-page letter from prison in 1995 when he was 24. In it, he ends his relationship with Madonna, who was 37 at the time. He died the next year.
“I must apologize to you,” he wrote. “Because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being. Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy but at the risk of sounding overdramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black man to properly show affection for an older white woman.”
The memorabilia company estimates the letter will sell for up to $300,000. The minimum bid is $100,000.
Read the full letter below :
I’ve waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers so that I wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind of friend I know I am capable of being. Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy but at the risk of sounding over dramatic, the effects of racism make it difficult for a young black male to properly show affection for an older white woman. Can u understand that? 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 & exciting. But for me at least in 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. As a matter of fact I was honestly stuck on you but I got scared. I didn’t want to be another “toy” or another one of many. Also, I read somewhere in an interview where you said “I’m off to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players” or something to that effect those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself. It was at this moment out of hurt & a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart & ego that I said a lot of things I have since come to regret.But you know how f*cked up society can be. If it wasn’t then I could openly show you how I felt anytime, anywhere and you in return could show your support for me in the open not just anonymously. Can you feel me?
In the time since, as u can see, I have grown both spiritually and mentally. It no longer matters how I’m percieved. Please understand my previous position as that of a young man with limited experience with a extremely famous sex symbol who also happens to be known to every man, woman, and child in the world. Please remember me not for my shortcomings but for the good times and the magic that we shared (assuming of course that I meant anything 2 u). Now my outlook is different everyone is judged and treated not by their color or fame but on how they treat me and because you have been so kind even in the midst of my craziness I offer my friendship once again this time much stronger & focused. If you are still interested I would like to further discuss this with you but some of it couldn’t wait. I felt compelled to tell you…just in case anything happened 2 me.
Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem. There are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be proof of that!
P.S. If there is any information you can share with me regarding Jack & crew please do. It could very well be a matter of Life & Death.Alwayz,Tupac