HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADGE: Here Are Eight Ridiculously Expensive Madonna Mementos

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It’s the Material Girl’s 53rd birthday, and she reportedly spent it cozying up to her half-her-age beau on a Hamptons beach.No matter how old she gets, Madonna will always have star power — just look at how much cash people were willing to drop on her costumes, photos, and personal effects.

Thanks to Wikicollecting for helping us compile this list.

Happy 53rd, Madonna!

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content=”In 2005, Christie’s auction house sold this photograph, Madonna Dancing on Bar with Beer Bottle, taken by Helmut Newton, for $96,000.

The photograph was taken in 1990, at the beginning of the artist’s long-term career.

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The photograph, taken in 1979 by a student named Lee Friedlander, was shot before Madonna had reached stardom and was working primarily as a dancer.

She took the nude modelling gig to pay rent in New York City.

Madonna only received $25 total for the shoot, yet in 1985 six more images resurfaced of the shoot in Playboy magazine.

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content=”In London in 2007, Christie’s auction house sold this 1994 photograph taken by photographer Bettina Rheims for $38,203.

Christie’s says that the photo was taken for a December 1994 Details magazine spread, which featured Madonna’s top-selling album ‘Bedtime Stories’.

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The image was taken in September, 1994 by Bettina Rheims.

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The garment designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier was quite controversial at the time and began the revolutionary trend of the cone-shaped bustier, which was adopted by later provocative female figures such as Lady Gaga.

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content=”This striking Dolce & Gabbana black sequined costume was worn by the pop star during her 1993 Girlie Show World Tour, while she performed hits from her 1992 album Erotica, was sold by Julien’s Auctions for $23,750.

The dress had an estimated selling price of $6,000-$8,000.

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The photograph was auction for double the estimated selling price.

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The striking ‘Eva Peron’ halter dress had an estimated selling price of $4,000-$6,000.

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