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Tampa Bay couple to auction rare Madonna and Burgoyne 80s memorabilia

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Parents of Martin Burgoyne -- artist, bartender at Studio 54, and best friend of Madonna before she made it big-- will be auctioning off a collection of his memorabilia on February 9, 2014 in St. Pete.

In the set are a treasure trove of 80s memorabilia including; photos, art, and drawings from Madonna's early career.

At only 23, Martin Burgoyne died of AIDS in 1986. Madonna even wrote a tribute song for him on the "Erotica" album titled; "In This Life".

Mary Dowd, the co-owner of Myers Fine Art, said Burgoyne's parents live in the Tampa Bay area and are in their 80s. They are selling the collection at the auction.

"I think they came to a point in their lives where they figured that it was time to do something with the collection," Dowd said. "And so they phone us up and asked us if we would come take a look at it, which we did, and so we saw the breadth of the collection, it was really pretty incredible."

For a sneak peek at some of the items, see a video here (start at 00:36), and more of the Madonna memorabilia here, and learn more about Madonna and Martin Burgoyne in this great article here. Also a great timeline of Madonna snapshots here.

Madonna's "In This Life" video:

In This Life
Madonna
Erotica [1992]

Lyrics:
Sitting on a park bench
Thinking about a friend of mine
He was only 23
Gone before he had his time
It came without a warning
Didn't want his friends to see him cry
He knew the day was dawning
And I didn't have a chance to say goodbye

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

What for?
Driving down the boulevard
Thinking about a man I knew
He was like a father to me
Nothing in the world that he wouldn't do
Taught me to respect myself
Said that we're all made of flesh and blood
Why should he be treated differently
Shouldn't matter who you choose to love

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

People pass by and I wonder who's next
Who determines, who knows best
Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case
Ignorance is not bliss

In this life I loved you most of all
What for?
'Cause now you're gone and I have to ask myself
What for?

People pass by and I wonder who's next
Who determines, who knows best
Is there a lesson I'm supposed to learn in this case
Ignorance is not bliss

Have you ever watched your best friend die [what for]
Have you ever watched a grown man cry [what for]
Some say that life isn't fair [what for]
I say that people just don't care [what for]
They'd rather turn the other way [what for]
And wait for this thing to go away [what for]
Why do we have to pretend [what for]
Some day I pray it will end

I hope it's in this life
I hope it's in this life time (x2)

Produced by Madonna and Shep Pettibone

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