- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Splitsville

Kim Kardashian’s romance with NFL star Reggie Bush will not be heading into overtime. The couple have broken up after more than two years of dating, Miss Kardashian’s representative tells TVGuide.com.

The Web site reports that an unnamed source says the split was a mutual decision and stemmed from schedule conflicts that kept them apart much of the time. Most recently, Mr. Bush, 24, invited Miss Kardashian, 28, to accompany him to New Orleans, where he is due to report for pre-season training. However, Miss Kardashian needs to stay on the West Coast to film the new season of the reality-TV hit “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Wedding talk often circled the couple, who began dating in 2007. In May, Miss Kardashian told TVGuide.com, “People ask us [about marriage] all the time. Of course we talk about marriage, but who knows when that’s coming.”

Lust for sale

Madonna’s latest release is an oldie but a goodie: 17 minutes of erotic phone messages she left for a boyfriend more than 15 years ago.

Part of a new rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia auction, the Madonna recordings are on two microcassettes that used to be in bodyguard-turned-boy-toy Jim Albright’s answering machine, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday.

They are expected to sell for about $40,000 - more than $2,000 a minute - at the Aug. 5 auction by the memorabilia company Gotta Have It!

Also part of the massive treasure-trove is a 15-minute “very personal and intimate video” that Madonna gave Mr. Albright and 21 faxes they exchanged between 1992 and 1994, the Daily News said.

Despite a photographer’s “pathetic camera work” at a shoot, “my booty looked good and you should see how good it looks in person,” the Material Mom reportedly bragged in a November 1993 fax to her then-beau.

Toward the end of her note, she invites her boy toy to visit her.

“It would be sooooo nice,” she wrote, before encouraging Mr. Albright to “send me a fax. I’ll be in my bed waiting for you.”

For the more practical, the famous white lace bustier Madonna wore on her “Like a Virgin” tour is also up for auction, starting at $4,000.

Among the auction’s other highlights:

Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for “Hard Rain.”

• Artwork by Paul McCartney and John Lennon; Mr. Lennon’s leather coat; a painting of Elvis Presley by Mr. McCartney. Money can’t buy you love, but a mere 40 grand might get you Mr. Lennon’s iconic 1963 gray collarless jacket.

• The sleeveless denim jacket Bruce Springsteen wore on his “Born in the U.S.A.” tour.

• The bidding for Jimi Hendrix’s first-known contract, dated Oct. 15, 1965, starts at $200,000, and the contract is the item expected to fetch the most money.

• A gruesome life-size “T-800” prop from the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” that looks remarkably like Arnold Schwarzenegger with half his head blown away and that features light-up robot eyes is expected to fetch much more than the starting bid of $100,000.

Still, Mr. Albright’s Madonna items got the most attention.

“These are very personal items that we’re showing by appointment only, and that’s all I can say about it,” said Gotta Have It! partner Ed Kosinski.

According to the Daily News, the 489 items will be on display online at www.gottahaverockandroll.com until the Aug. 5 online auction.

Hulk, wife settle

Hulk Hogan and his wife finally have reached a settlement in their divorce case, Associated Press reports.

The celebrity wrestler, 55 - whose real name is Terry Bollea - said in court Tuesday morning that he and his wife, Linda, have agreed to the terms of the split.

Both say they want to put aside months of bitterness and get on with their lives. They and their attorneys had clashed publicly over everything from money to Linda Bollea allowing her boyfriend to drive the couple’s vehicles.

Linda Bollea said after the hearing that “the war is over.”

The terms were not made public. In 2008 court filings, the couple’s net worth was listed at $26 million to $32 million, AP said.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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