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Madonna (born Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, August 16th 1958, in Bay City, Michigan, United States) is a U.S. pop singer, songwriter, film director and actress.
After relocating to New York in the late-1970s, Madonna propelled herself to stardom and dominated the pop charts, concert halls, film, and music video from the 1980s onwards.
Madonna has sold 250 million records worldwide and currently stands in the Guinness World Record books as the top selling female artist of all time.
Value on the collectors’ markets
According to dealer Fraser’s Autographs Fraser’s Rarities Index, Madonna’s value rose in value by 155.7% over roughly a decade. In 1997, the average value of a Madonna undedicated signed autograph was £350, and £895 in 2009, reports Fraser’s.
Forbes Magazine named Madonna the third-richest woman in entertainment, behind Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Oprah Winfrey. Likewise, the typical market value of Madonna’s autograph is slightly behind Rowling’s (worth £1,200 on average).
Two 1988 cheques signed Madonna Ciccone, auctioned for £640 ($960) and £750 ($1054.80) off estimated prices of $200-400.
The handwritten lyrics to Madonna's 1990 hit Cry Baby have appeared on the market priced at just under £5,000 ($7,500).
Clothes (including stage worn outfits)
A leather jacket from rehearsals of the 1990 "Blonde Ambition" tour sold for £500 ($777) at a 2005 Bonhams auction. At the same sale, a pair of Dolce and Gabbana stretch pants worn by Madonna, sold for £700 ($1,058).
In March 2007, Bonhams auctioned, a gold, sleeveless, full length gown worn by Madonna in the film version of the famous musical Evita for £3,240.
A white wedding dress, worn by Madonna during her 1984 Like A Virgin tour was sold via the New York based Gotta Have It! Collectibles Inc auction house for £3,750 ($5,662), against an estimate of £2,000 ($3,000).
The dress had additional significance after being worn by Britney Spears on US show Saturday Night Live in 2000. Spears broke records as the youngest person to present and perform musically on the show.
The stage worn Dolce and Gabbana bra from Madonna's "Live down Under" tour of Australia in 1994
sold for £8,100 ($12,500) over three times the auction estimate of £2,750 ($4,000).
Early acoustic demo tape
A 1979 cassette of Madonna performing an acoustic demo recorded before Madonna signed to any major record labels exceeded all expectations at a recent auction. The rare recording sold for $6,400, over three times the estimate of £1,300 ($2,000).
Award trophies sold at auction
In 2008, Gotta Have it! auctions sold a "World's Best Selling Pop Rock Artist of the Year" award belonging to Madonna from 2001. The statue was donated by Warner Music International as part of a charity auction and sold for £12,000 ($18,000) over its estimate of £11,000 ($17,000).