An anonymous collector who bid $19,294 for a white lace corset Madonna wore might want to hear this news.
Maripol, who was Madonna’s stylist and friend in the early days (and who I’ve known for 35 years) says,
“It’s fake. I designed the corset she wore on the cover of ‘Like a Virgin.’ Just compare photos of the corsets side to side and you can see they are different.
It’s a lie. There was only one corset, and I sewed it myself. I’m upset someone paid so much for a fake.”
A spokesperson for auction company GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com refuted Maripol’s claims and said two corsets were purchased at Macy’s for Madonna to use on the cover shoot. The catalog doesn’t say that the corset on the block was the one that appears on Like a Virgin‘s cover, however they told the NY Post,
“The one that was sold was used in the original photo shoot and used by Madonna onstage.”
The auction had total sales of nearly $750,000, but 22 other Madonna items — including a breakup letter from Tupac Shakur (which has been a source of controversy) a pair of worn satin panties and a hairbrush with Madonna’s hair in it — were removed under court order from the singer.
Maripol defended her friend,
“Madonna doesn’t want someone to have her DNA.”
Darlene Lutz, who was an assistant to the pop star, will be in Manhattan Supreme Court in September to argue that she is the rightful owner of the memorabilia. Gottahaverockandroll plans to sell the items at a future auction.
(via NY Post)