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.