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Lady Gaga Buys Back Old Demos

Seven discs of unreleased songs Stefani Germanotta hit the auction block, and Gaga swoops in to purchase them.

October 14, 2010 5:26 PM ET

One of the more intriguing items on the block at the recently opened Gotta Have It! Rock & Roll Pop Culture auction in New York was a seven-disc collection of unreleased Lady Gaga recordings made by the singer during the first half of the last decade, when she was still known as Stefani Germanotta.

Rather than having her Little Monsters bidding against each other to hear her pre-Gaga music, Gaga"s management swooped in to purchase all seven discs for an undisclosed sum before they went to auction, Gotta Have It! revealed in a press release today. The minimum bid for each disc was to be $1,000.

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The seven discs, which were put up for auction by Gaga's first manager, Bob Leone, included a 2002 demo CD recording, a pair of 2005 recordings called Stefani Germanotta and Stefani Germanotta Band, Words, two more discs featuring songs Gaga recorded in 2006 and a DVD of Lady Gaga's 2006 Order Sons of Italy in America showcase performance.

"She wanted to purchase them. We sent her an offer on behalf of Bob Leone. She countered and we made a deal," Gotta Have It! co-founder Peter Siegel told Reuters.

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