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The Material Girl looks set to increase her material wealth with her astronomical ticket prices...

MADONNA is to charge up to an astromical £85 per ticket for her UK date at LONDON EARL’S COURT on July 4 – as it was annouced she is the sixth richest pop star in Britain.

Tickets for the show, the only confirmed UK date on her ‘Drowned’ world tour, go on sale this coming Thursday (April 26) at 8am.

Ticket prices range between £40-85, and are limited to six per person.

NME.COM contacted Madonna‘s offical spokesperson for comment. When asked whether she thought the price was too much for most fans, she said: “I don’t think it’s much of an issue. I think U2 charged quite a bit. I think the price is pretty much the same.”

She also added that the date, which has a maximum capacity of around 18,000, was extra special, as apart from her fanclub gig at London Brixton Academy last November, it would be Madonna‘s first UK indoor show since her gig at London Camden Palace in 1983.

However, tickets for U2‘s forthcoming UK dates were a maximum of £45 and Madonna, who went straight into the charts at Number Seven with ‘What It Feels Like For A Girl’ on Sunday (April 22), has played stadium dates in the UK since 1983.

In a statement issued last week, it was claimed that the tour would be “the most extravagant stage spectacle of her career… a celebratory celebration of artistry and technology”.

Tickets are available via the Earl’s Court Box Office on 0870 730 7306, or by personal application at the venue. Credit card applications will also be accepted on 0870 169 6880 and 0870 150 0989 (24 hours).

For a full report on the Madonna show, see this week’s NME, out in London today (April 24) and nationwide tomorrow (25).

Meanwhile, Madonna‘s financial ranking in her new country of residence was revealed in the 13th annual Rich List, published by the Sunday Times newspaper last weekend (April 22). It estimates that since she married film director Guy Ritchie, the couple’s combined fortune has reached £180 million.