Madonna has no qualms about giving away her undies — just don’t try to auction them off.
The Material Girl said in a deposition in her suit against Gotta Have It! online auction house that she couldn’t say how many boyfriends she’d given her underwear to — but that the intimate gifts themselves weren’t the reason she sued.
“It’s the auctioning that’s the problem, not the giving of the underpants,” Madonna said of where she draws the panty line.
Madonna gave her underwear to the ex-con Peter Shue during a fling in the 1990s. Shue revealed to the Daily News he’d put the undies up for bid because they had no sentimental value — but Madonna successfully blocked bids on the panties, arguing that a fanatic could obtain her DNA.
“If Mr. Shue received my panties, it never occurred to me that he would ever auction them off. So I was not concerned about my DNA,” Madonna said.
Madonna also blocked bids on an array of other personal items, which she alleged were stolen from her by a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz.
But in the deposition conducted last month in a Times Square office, Madonna admits she is unsure of whether many of the items at issue were actually hers to begin with.
Other items up for bid just made her uncomfortable — like a used hairbrush.
“Well, it is my hair,” Madonna said. “It’s creepy.”
One of the most high-profile items in the auction — a letter from Tupac Shakur to Madonna explaining why he ended their relationship — also remained the subject of mystery.
“I certainly remember receiving the letter. I certainly remember reading the letter. However, over the years, I haven’t been thinking about it,” Madonna said.
But a lawyer grilling Madonna said Lutz had testified the note was never opened.
Last week, the Vogue star’s attorneys had sought to keep much of her testimony under seal, arguing some of it was private and did not pertain to the case. Lutz’s attorney, Judd Grossman, maintained the testimony revealed the items up for bid were not rightfully Madonna’s.
“Now that the truth has come out in discovery, including through Madonna’s own deposition testimony, we are confident that the court will lift the temporary stay and allow the sale to proceed,” he said.
An email to Madonna’s attorney was not returned.