Madonna and Martin Burgoyne: Mayers Fine Arts (Auction)

Long before Newsweek called her a "tarted-up floozy," way before she married and had babies and adopted babies, and a lifetime before she opened an Instagram account, Madonna was a young woman in New York trying to make it big.

That ambition — and a good bit of innocence — can be seen in a collection of photos, art and drawings that are on the auction block Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The collection is owned by the parents of Martin Burgoyne, an artist, Studio 54 bartender and Madonna's best friend during that time.

Burgoyne and Madonna befriended each other before she became famous. They were roommates and he played a huge role in Madonna's early career. He managed her first tour and drew the cover image of Madonna for her 1983 'Burning Up' EP album cover. They partied with artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others. He was raised in England and went to New York to study art at the Pratt Institute.

Madonna and Burgoyne also supported each other emotionally and financially during hard times — after she was raped and when Burgoyne contracted AIDS.

Burgoyne died in 1986 after battling that disease. He was 23. Madonna wrote a song about him called "In This Life" that was on her 1992 album 'Erotica.'

For decades, his parents have kept their son's memorabilia from that era private — until now.

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 an 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."

There's an original hand-drawn portrait of Burgoyne by Andy Warhol. There's an original invitation to a fundraiser for Burgoyne by Keith Haring — a party written about in the New York Times in September 1986 as AIDS was devastating a generation of mostly young gay men, including Burgoyne. The story is heartbreakingly sad, not only because of its foreshadowing of Burgoyne's death, but of prevalent attitudes in that era toward those with HIV and AIDS.

Studio 54 owner Steve Rubell noted in the story that "people could be in the same room with someone infected with the AIDS virus without contracting it." Madonna was at that party, the Times noted.

But in Burgoyne's collection in Florida, there are no photos from that party, only from the earlier, happier years.

And then there are the Madonna photos. Some are candid Polaroids of her making goofy faces with Burgoyne. Others are black and whites, intended for an album cover, of Madonna looking poised and fragile. There are also numerous photos of Burgoyne, a handsome young man in a white shirt and suspenders.

Some of the photos were taken by Burgoyne, said Dowd, while it's unclear who took others. She said it's possible that Andy Warhol took some of the Polaroids, because they date to same years that he experimented with Polaroid portraits.

Dowd said one of the more remarkable items in the collection is Burgoyne's sketchbook, in which he inked photo booth sessions of Madonna, and a full-color sketch for her 'Burning Up' EP album cover. The image is totally '80s, all bright block colors. Madonna sports short hair and thick eyebrows.

"If you're an enthusiast of entertainment back in the early 80s — and that was a heyday and pivotal time I think — this is kind of a real step back in time to that period," Dowd said.

Dowd isn't sure how much each piece will go for — the original Warhol portrait of Burgoyne should fetch a good price, she thinks — but she's secretly hoping Madonna herself will hear about the auction and bid on some items.

"It seems like it's something she should have for her historical archives," said Dowd. "It's a big part of her life, from the beginning."

 

Madonna and Martin Burgoyne: Mayers Fine Arts (Auction)

 

Group of Madonna and Martin Burgoyne Polaroid Photographs

 

Lot#: 214
Description: Group of Madonna and Martin Burgoyne Polaroid Photographs (4). Four original and one-of-a-kind color SX-70 Polaroid photographs. The one-of-a-kind Polaroid's (taken without a negative) are the only photographs in existence. The photographs have not been printed or published before and were taken in the early 1980s when Madonna and Martin were roommates sharing an apartment on the Lower East Side of New York together. Dry mounted and matted in a 16 1/4" modern square frame. Each Polaroid image size measures 3" x 3". In good condition. Estate of Martin Burgoyne.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 

 

 

Madonna and Martin Burgoyne Color SX 70 Polaroid Photograph

Lot#: 213
Description: Madonna and Martin Burgoyne Color SX 70 Polaroid Photograph. One-of-a-kind Polaroid photo from the early 1980s. Photo could possibly have been taken by either Andy Warhol or artist Maripol. The Polaroid is the only photograph in existence. It is a one-of-a-kind image taken without a negative. The photograph has not been printed or ever published before and was taken in the early 1980s when Madonna and Martin were roommates sharing an apartment on the Lower East Side of New York together. Both Madonna and Martin are wearing wigs most likely at a Halloween party. Image size 3" x 3". In good condition. Dry mounted and matted in a modern 12" x 12" metal frame. Estate of Martin Burgoyne.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 600.00 - 900.00

 

Martin Burgoyne - Original Portfolio of Colored-Pencil Drawings (Auction)
 

 

Lot#: 208
Description: Martin Burgoyne - Original Portfolio of Colored-Pencil Drawings. Total of 12 original color-pencil and ink drawings by British-born artist Martin Burgoyne (1963-1986). The spiral-bound portfolio of original drawings contains original art work used on the cover, or as preparatory work, for the Madonna 1983 album "Burning Up", designed by Martin Burgoyne. The first four pages have all 20 "photo-booth" vignette portraits of Madonna, the inspiration being a series of black and white photos from the Burgoyne collection. Three large color-pencil drawings of Madonna are included in the portfolio. One of which (a portrait of Madonna wearing a bowler hat), is almost identical to the portrait of Madonna on the back side of the album cover "Burning Up". The portfolio also includes self portraits of Martin and portraits of John Benitez better known as "Jellybean" whom Martin designed album covers for as well. A copy of the 1983 "Burning Up" record album showing the 20 different faces of Madonna on the cover along with the portrait of Madonna on the back will be included. Each drawing sheet page measures 13" x 9 3/4". The inside upper left cover of the portfolio is signed, "Martin Burgoyne" in his hand. In good condition. Estate of Martin Burgoyne.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 1,500.00 - 2,500.00

 

Professional Color Photograph of Martin Burgoyne and Madonna in a Recording Studio

Lot#: 207
Description: Professional Color Photograph of Martin Burgoyne and Madonna in a Recording Studio. Original professional publicity photo by French photographer Xavier Martin for Jet Set Agency. Photo is stamped on the back with the French press agency information that reads; "Jet Set Dents Taranfo - 26 Av George V 75008 Paris Tel: 67201125 Photos Xavier Martin - Reproduction Interdite Nerci". Photograph image size measures 14 1/2" high x 8 1/2" wide. Dry mounted and matted with a modern 23 3/4" x 17 3/4" metal frame. In good condition. Estate of Martin Burgoyne. Biography of photographer Xavier Martin: Xavier Martin was born, lives, and works in Paris. When he was twelve, his father gave him his first camera. It was then that he took his first pictures, photographing everything around him. Impassioned and determined to become a photographer, he began his trade with the Angeli agency at the end of the 70s, as a reporter and, in particular, as a photographer of celebrities and continued in this line of work at Sipa Press. Engaged by France Soir, Journal du Dimanche, and the Figaro, he is a photojournalist of current events, and also collaborates with l’Agence Jet Set, agency of stars.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 600.00 - 900.00

 

Madonna Studio Photographs by Edo Bertoglio


 

 

Lot#: 201
Description: Madonna Studio Photographs by Edo Bertoglio - Three (3). Two are black & white, the other is black & white with gold colorizing on her head. Fans first saw the Edo Bertoglio photographs in Madonna's first biography, the Martin Burgoyne designed book, "Lucky Star". Marked Helmuth Bldg. 18 St. NY April '83. Each photograph measures 7 3/8" square. In good condition. Original black photo album paper has small tears at top edge. Dry mounted and framed under glass with clips and foam core. Frame measures 18" high, 20" wide. Estate of Martin Burgoyne.

Madonna's first album was originally set to be called Lucky Star. Photographed by Maripol's boyfriend, Edo Bertoglio and designed by Martin Burgoyne. Wheels were in motion, copies were pressed but then Madonna sat with Gary Heery and everything was changed. The photographs were fabulous, sexy, with a splash of old Hollywood, but in the end were not used on Madonna's 1983 self-titled debut record album.

Included with the group of 3 mounted original photographs is a photo-copy of Martin positioning Madonna for the photo-shoot by Edo Bertoglio.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 600.00 - 900.00

 

Group of 13 Original Black & White Photo-Booth Photographs of Madonna
 

 

Lot#: 200
Description: Group of 13 Original Black & White Photo-Booth Photographs of Madonna. Mounted on original photo album black paper with light tears along edges. Identified and dated - Times Square November '82. The group of original photographs are the image source for the 20 original drawings in the portfolio book of Martin Burgoyne's artwork. The 20 "photo-booth" vignette drawings are all included on the cover of the 1983 record album "Burning Up" by Madonna that Martin designed both the back and front cover of. It is possible that these photographs, from Madonna's early career, are the only surviving examples. Each small photograph measure 2 1/2" high x 2"wide. Dry mounted and framed under glass with foam core. In good condition. A copy of the 1983 "Burning Up" record album showing the 20 different faces of Madonna on the cover will be included. Estate of Martin Burgoyne.

Background information: In the 1980s, New York’s gritty Lower East Side was a hotbed of aspiring artists and entertainers with the common goal of achieving fame and success. Two of the kindred spirits drawn to each other within the fast-paced microcosm of music, art and youthful freedom were British-born artist, dancer and model Martin Burgoyne and his best friend/roommate, Madonna. Like so many talented young people who had not yet been ‘discovered,’ Martin Burgoyne worked a variety of jobs to get by while building a name for himself as a graphic artist. He worked as a dancer and model, as well as a DJ and bartender at Studio 54. During that time, Burgoyne and Madonna were very much a part of each other’s lives, and they socialized with a tight circle of friends that included Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Martin was heavily involved in Madonna's early career, performing as a dancer in Madonna's first ever live performance, to being the art designer of her 1983 record album "Burning Up," and first book "Lucky Star." He offered his support whenever needed. Madonna adored Martin, and when he contracted AIDS, she stuck by him and later quietly paid his medical bills. Tragically, Martin died at the age of 23, but he left quite a legacy. The 1992 song “In This Life,” written by Madonna with Martin in mind, was also dedicated to him. Burgoyne’s parents, now retired in Florida, have been the guardians of his art and other mementos for the last three decades.

 

Estimate: 800.00 - 1,200.00

 

AUCTION INFORMATION:

Online: http://myersfineart.com/

Name February 9, 2014 - 20th Century Decorative Arts
Date(s) Sunday, February 9
Location 1600 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, FL

 

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Burning Up

amazing photoshoot for the single cover

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These are wonderful photos!!

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