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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 May, 2003, 09:17 GMT 10:17 UK
Jackson paintings lawsuit settled
Michael Jackson
Jackson said the pictures no longer fit into his collection
A lawsuit accusing Michael Jackson of failing to pay almost $1.4m (860,000) for two paintings he no longer wanted has been settled by auction house Sotheby's.

It had sued Jackson after his company successfully bid on two 19th century works in New York in October last year.

In its lawsuit Sotheby's said Jackson's company, MJJ Productions, had refused to pay because he no longer believed the paintings were right for his collection.

Diana Phillips, Sotheby's senior vice president in New York, said the case had been resolved amicably. The terms were not disclosed.

The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court, said that MJJ Productions had successfully bid on two paintings by French artist William Adolphe Bourgereau.

One showed Cupid removing a thorn from his foot. The other was a portrait of a young woman with a child and a sheep.

Sotheby's had asked payment of $1.3m (810,000) for the paintings plus at least $60,000 (37,000) in late fees.

According to the lawsuit, Jackson did not dispute that his company bought the paintings or that he had been billed for them.

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