On February 9, Myers Fine Art will auction an archive of material from the collection of the artist Martin Burgoyne, a friend and roommate of Madonna, which will include pieces pertaining to the singer.
Burgoyne was tragically cut down by AIDS in 1986, at the age of just 23.
The auction features a portrait of Burgoyne by Andy Warhol, which carries an estimate of $40,000-50,000, along with an original work by Keith Haring valued at $4,000-6,000.
Also included are a variety of photographs of Madonna - many also featuring Burgoyne - along with a platinum record for Madonna's self-titled 1983 album (valued at $600-900), and a gold record for the single Holiday - released in the same year and estimated to make ($400-600).
Mary Dowd, a spokesperson for Myers Fine Art, told Paul Fraser Collectibles: "The collection is important because it uniquely chronicles the deep friendship that Madonna and Martin shared at a time when both were seeking fame and fortune but struggling to survive.
"This archive documents Madonna's formative years in New York City, when she was a relative newcomer to the music business.
"The photos give a visual sense of a time and place in which there was great freedom of expression and cultural openness. If there is one overriding quality to this collection, it is that it humanizes Madonna in a way that most have not seen before.
"This collection seems like it would be sought after because it's from her early career and visually conveys the close friendship she had with Martin, whose bright future was cut short."
The sale will take place in St Petersburg, Florida.
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