Madonna Rules

Madonna Rules  by Rosemary McKittrick

Photo courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

When Madonna was 10-years-old her past time was praying the rosary.  Fast forward to the 1970s and the pop-icon along with other women of her generation was breaking out of her girdle along with her post-war values.

A year after the Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone’s birth in 1958 Barbie also erupted out of the toy box showcasing the “ideal” female as possessing big boobs, long legs and a little waist. 

I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
— Madonna

A tight shoe for most females.

Along comes this singer, songwriter and actress with her take-no-prisoners attitude, blatant sexuality and pop star swagger and people didn’t know what to make of her. The Material Girl’s strike a pose outrageousness poked holes in the notion that “nice” girls just don’t behave like that.

Like it or not, Madonna behaved like that. 

“I wouldn’t have turned out the way I was if I didn’t have all those old-fashioned values to rebel against,” she said. 

There you have it. 

As a five-year-old Madonna saw her own mother in her casket looking beautiful and still as though she were about to wake up.  Madonna learned early about death and embracing the moment.

“I think the ultimate challenge is to have some kind of style and grace, even though you haven’t got money, or standing in society, or formal education,” she said. “I had a very middle, lower-middle class sort of upbringing, but I identify with people who’ve had, at some point in their lives to struggle to survive. It adds another color to your character.”

The “Queen of Pop’s” life has been a celebration of possibility.

She arrived in Manhattan at age 19 in 1978 from Ann Arbor with a few bucks in her pocket and few contacts.  She settled in the East Village and was determined to somehow make it big in modern dance.

Madonna waited tables, acted in low budget films and posed for nude art modeling.  She also played drums and sang back up in small bands.  In 1982 she landed a recording contract with Sire Records.  The album “Madonna” was released in 1983. Three huge hits came out of the album: “Lucky Star,” “Borderline,” and “Holiday.”

That was the beginning. Hit songs, videos, tours and films followed. Madonna proved to be not only a talented woman but a smart one.  In 1992 she signed a $60 million contract with Time-Warner which included her own record company.

In 2006, the ‘TRL Awards’ presented her with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Two years later, she was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’. Today she is recognized worldwide.

“I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay,” she said. 

Madonna said it’s not in her nature to kick back. She never wished she had a different life and she also realized she is darn lucky to be in the position of power she is in.   

On Nov. 9-10, 2018, Julien’s Auctions featured a selection of Madonna items in its sale.

Here are some current values.


Life-Size figure; wax head and glass eyes; wearing replica of 1990 Blond Ambition Tour costume; 62 inches high;  $896.

Photoshoot Worn Rings; 12; with Harper’s Bazaar magazine; 12 antiqued silver tone rings;  $3,520.

Photoshoot Worn Halo; gold tone metal disc-shaped halo worn as Joan of Arc; accompanied by Joan of Arc CD; 11 ½ inches diameter;  $4,480.

Hat Case and Props; hard black case with white skeletons and skulls; from Desperately Seeking Susan; 19 ½ inches by 10 inches;  $28,125.

Worn Jacket; from Desperately Seeking Susan; jacquard jacket with gold mosaic motif and black collar; designed by Santo Loquasto;  $100,000.   

Rosemary McKittrick is a storyteller.  For 26 years she has brought the world of collecting to life in her column.  Her website is a mother lode of information about art, antiques and collectibles.  Rosemary received her education in the trenches working as a professional appraiser.

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