Items That Define The Queen of Reinvention — Madonna Memorabilia
Said the Queen of Reinvention,
“No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from, you can always change, become a better version of yourself.”
Few artists have been able to live by those words continuously, and of them all, Madonna takes the cake. Her career spans decades, and we here at Nate D. Sanders are proud to be auctioning a couple items from her illustrious, chameleon-like career.
In our Madonna memorabilia auction, we sold Madonna’s 1987 American Music Award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist of 1987 for $25,428.
The American Music Award pyramid-shaped lucite statuette was presented to Madonna in 1987 at the height of her fame. It was later offered at our Madonna memorabilia auction.
The superstar received this award on the heels of her third record ”True Blue,” the album carrying hits ”True Blue,” ”Live to Tell,” ”Papa Don’t Preach,” ”Open Your Heart” and ”La Isla Bonita.” Unlike the Grammy’s, which are determined by music industry insiders, the American Music Awards are based on record sales, airplay and video viewing.
Dedicated to then-husband Sean Penn, the album reached number one in then record-breaking 28 countries across the world. Not a bad feat for the best-selling solo artist in history.
In another Madonna memorabilia auction, we sold her MTV Moonman award for $13,800:
1998 MTV ”Moonman” Video Music Award for Best Music Video Direction for Madonna’s ”Ray of Light”. Jonas Akerlund directed the video, which also won Video of the Year and six more VMA’s. Trophy by Manhattan Design is a sculpture-in-the-round, patterned after the channel’s iconic Moonman bumper that aired at the top of the hour. Moonman’s flag displays an MTV logo, perched upon the pole that twirls freely in his hand. Engraved plaque on the base reads, ”1997-1998 / Best Direction In A Video / Madonna / Ray of Light / Caresse Norman”. Norman served as manager and personal assistant to Madonna from 1997 until 2005 and was found dead at her home in 2010. Award measures 11.5” in total height. Base diameter measures 5”. Weighs 6 pounds, 1 ounce. In very good condition, with scratching to the top of the base from Moonman figure rotating, warping to flag pole, cracking at the center of the M under Moonman’s foot and bolt jutting out from the underside of the base causing statue to wobble. With provenance from Julien’s Madonna memorabilia auction.
We obtained this next piece of Madonna memorabilia directly from Madonna’s brother. It sold for $3,125. See:
Madonna autograph letter signed, with envelope dated 17 April 1981, featuring an unknown, but prescient, Madonna fantasizing about one day playing at Madison Square Garden. The 7-time Grammy winning megastar who’s sold more than 250 million records writes to her brother 2 years prior to releasing her debut album. A 22 year-old at the time, an eager and ambitious Madonna grills Christopher for staying in Detroit and speaks of the possibilities in New York. She writes: ”…You see I have a manager right now. Her name is Camille Barbone, she’s very good and extremely helpful and at this time is supporting me while I try to get my music act together…I have moved 3 times since the last time we spoke (not unusual). I finally found a place on 8th and 30th across the street from Madison Square Garden (where someday I’ll play) 8 blocks from rehearsal studio and it’s the favorite street for assorted bums and winos to hangout on but their [sic] harmless they just add more life to my already chaotic lifestyle. I’ve been auditioning musicians for a couple of weeks, finally got a shit kicking band together and my guitar player went on a European tour with another band and so I’m auditioning again. It’s really frustrating cause I’m so anxious to start playing out and it would only be a matter of months before we went into the studio to record…I’ve been writing lots of good material lately (songs) and everyone tells me how wonderful they are but it takes so long to get record deals and negotiate contracts and find the right musicians that I feel like I could lose my marbles every other day. I’m a glutton for punishment! Do you like rap music? I’ve written some great rap tunes, they’re great to dance to…” Madonna then ends the letter by mentioning Easter and writing: ”…Think of me when you’re stuffing your face w/ Jelly Beans. Write soon or call 212-869-3885. So long kiddo, Madonna”. After releasing her second album, ”Like a Virgin” in 1984, she began her debut concert tour in Seattle on 10 April 1985. 2 months later, Madonna would live up to her word and finish her tour with 2 shows at Madison Square Garden, on 10 and 11 June 1985. 3pp. letter (on 3 separate sheets) is written in blue pen on white lined paper. Comes with original envelope addressed to Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone. Envelope includes postal stamp, dated 17 April 1981, and return address under the name ”Aqua baby boogie bubba”. Pages measure 8.5” x 10”. Two folds on each page, minor ink smudge on each page, otherwise near fine condition. Incredible piece of music history from one of the best-selling artists of all-time. With an LOA from Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone. Very personal item of Madonna memorabilia.
We’ve auctioned other Madonna memorabilia items in the past and they’ve sold for high values. Take this Madonna memorabilia — her screen-worn hat and shoes from ”Evita.”
The entertainer extraordinaire wore these in the 1996 biopic as Argentinian First Lady Eva. The lot sold for an impressive $2,167.00.
And additionally in one of our other past Madonna memorabilia auctions, we have had Madonna Ball Couture Gown Worn in the Famous 1986 LIFE Magazine Photo Shoot With Bruce Weber:
Madonna wore this iconic couture gown for a December 1986 photo spread in LIFE magazine following the release of ”True Blue.” LIFE Magazine featured eight images of a platinum-blonde Madonna shot by famed fashion photographer Bruce Weber, one of which depicted her in this gown.
Chosen to mimic the Marilyn Monroe ”ballerina sitting” in 1954 that portrayed Marilyn in a white ballerina-type dress, Madonna here portrayed her version of the legendary Marilyn by wearing a similar ballerina dress in black. Ultimate Madonna memorabilia.
Check out our awesome Madonna memorabilia items! If you are interested in buying, consigning or selling Madonna memorabilia, please go to http://www.NateDSanders.com, call (310) 440-2982 or email Nate@NateDSanders.com.