Lady Gaga buys back unreleased music from auction
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fans eager to purchase unreleased Lady Gaga songs due to be auctioned online this month will be disappointed because singer bought them back.
For an undisclosed amount Lady Gaga purchased six CDs and a DVD that her first manager, Bob Leone, was selling in the auction of nearly 860 celebrity items.
Some of the items were autographed and featured unreleased songs dating back to a 2002 demo recording when Lady Gaga was the shy teenager Stefani Germanotta. Minimum bids for each were $1,000.
"She wanted to purchase them. We sent her an offer on behalf of Bob Leone. She countered and we made a deal," said Peter Siegel, co-founder of GOTTA HAVE IT! Collectibles, Inc., which is running the auction.
He added that Leone had never attempted to copy them and make them public.
Although there had been bidding interest in the Lady Gaga songs that were pulled, Siegel said he did not expect them to be one of the top sellers in the auction.
The Lady Gaga songs were not the only items that were pulled from the auction at www.gottahaverockandroll.com from October 6-15. Last week the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized a set of John Lennon's fingerprints.
The FBI said the fingerprinted application card for Lennon's permanent U.S. residence, consigned to the auction house by a promoter to be sold for at least $100,000, appeared to be a missing government document.
(Reporting by Lynn Adler; Editing by Patricia Reaney)
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