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December 27, 2017




It all began with the Material Girl for yours truly, many, many moons ago–back when the video was in heavy rotation on MTV, during a time when the M in MTV stood for actual “music” in a video format.

I hopped on the Madonna train late in the game, but the instant I discovered the beauty-marked blond bombshell dressed like boy toy present in a pink satin dress with a bow on her butt and diamond bracelets up to her elbows–a lifelong obsession began.

Marilyn Monroe? Never heard of her.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes? Never seen it.

The Material Girl record is the first 45 single I ever bought and I beat that shit to death back when I was a kid. I remember I’d sprint to the living room whenever the video came on during a video countdown program called Video 101 (I wanted my MTV, but we couldn’t afford it). It gave me pure joy.  I absolutely love, LOVE Material Girl.

Last night, I pounced at the opportunity to get a preview of the Material Girl dress and other Madonna gems that are on the auction block this week at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.  Rare Madonna memorabilia include the costume jewelry and mink stole she wore with the Material Girl dress, the actual wedding dress she wore to marry Sean Penn (who she met on the set of the Material Girl video shoot, in case you weren’t in the know), the iconic Desperately Seeking Susan jacket, one of the Egyptian earrings from the same film, and a bunch of other collectible stuff from the movie Evita, items from photo shoots, different awards, props, shoes, jewelry, letters and much more.

I rarely use my press card to get me into events, but in this case, I dropped names and used every credential possible to RSVP for a special preview of the Icons & Idols of Rock N Roll gallery showing.  I went nuts with my camera and planted myself in front of that pink satin dress, with no form of shame.

Below is only a small gallery of all the photos I took.  Only those who are Madonna freaks like yours truly, can understand and appreciate how elated I was to behold these Madonna items face to fabric. I mean, I got all up in there and rubbed up against it. Truly amazing.




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They removed the mink stole for a few minutes, so a woman could try it on for whatever reason. I elbowed people out of the way to get the following shots.


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Into the Groove was the second record I ever bought as a kid, even though it was packaged as a B-side to the single Angel.  I never thought I’d stand so close the the Desperately Seeking Susan Coat one day. The back of that coat was EVERYTHING to me when I was a kid.


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The wedding dress she wore to marry Sean Penn is also one of those very rare gems that blew me away, just because it was RIGHT THERE!!!  I could brush up against it. It was INSANE!!!


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The collection of dresses from the movie Evita was extensive.  The dresses were beautiful, but they didn’t blow me away like I the earlier more iconic items.




And the list goes on and on from the True Blue dress she wore at the Who’s That Girl Tour, to the tank and jeans she worked for the American Pie video, to the frumpy Peaches uniform from A League of their Own, to the coat and cowboy hat she wore in the Music video and the adrenaline rush was too much. I barely got any sleep last night.

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It was a great night. My pics did these Madonna gems no kind of just, noway, nohow.







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About Paulo Murillo,

Paulo has been writing for the gay media for over 16 years. He made his debut as a columnist for FAB! Newspaper. He has written for LA Health News, IN Los Angeles, Frontiers and The Fight Magazine. He has been featured in The Bay Area Reporter, XY Magazine, Bay Windows, Windy Times, and Press Pass Q, He has been quoted in the pages of Edge Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Times, Seattle Gay News, Fuges, and in a shitload of online news outlets and blogs, thanks in large part to Rex Wocker’s Quote on Quote – Wockner Wire.

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