Mary Dowd holds up a drawing of Madonna done by Martin Burgoyne at St. Petersburg’s Myers Fine Art auction house Tuesday. AP /Chris O'Meara
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The collection is owned by the parents of Martin Burgoyne, an artist, Studio 54 bartender and Madonna's best friend before she became famous.Madonna and Burgoyne also supported each other emotionally and financially during hard times – after she was raped and when Burgoyne contracted AIDS.After battling the disease for some time, Burgoyne died in 1986 at the age of 23 . There's an original hand-drawn Andy Warhol portrait of Burgoyne.Some of the photos were taken by Burgoyne, Dowd said, while it's unclear who took the others.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.
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