ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- 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 determined to make it big.

That ambition -- and a good bit of innocence -- can be seen in a collection of photos, drawings and other art that will go 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 before she became famous.

Burgoyne and Madonna were roommates, and he played a huge role in Madonna's early career. He managed her first tour and drew the cover image of her for the cover of her 1983 EP, "Burning Up." They partied with artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others. Burgoyne was raised in England but moved 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"; she recorded it on her 1992 album, "Erotica."

For decades, his parents kept Burgoyne's memorabilia from that era private -- until now. Mary Dowd, co-owner of Myers Fine Art, says his parents, now in their 80s, live in the Tampa Bay area. They are selling the collection at 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 says. "And so they phoned us up and asked us if we would take a look at it, which we did. We saw the breadth of the collection; it was really pretty incredible."

It includes an original hand-drawn portrait of Burgoyne by Andy Warhol and an original invitation to a fundraiser for Burgoyne by Keith Haring -- a party written about in the New York Times in September 1986, when 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 said.

But Burgoyne's collection includes 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 himself, says Dowd; it's unclear who took others. She says it's possible that Andy Warhol took some of the Polaroids, since they date to the same years that he was experimenting with Polaroid portraits.

Dowd says 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 ... this is kind of a real step back in time to that period," Dowd says.

She isn't sure how much the pieces will sell for. The original Warhol portrait of Burgoyne should fetch a good price, she predicts. She's hoping Madonna will hear about the auction and bid on some items.

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