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Jackson drops auction challenge
Signed picture of Michael Jackson from Guernsey's Auction House
Michael Jackson was seeking the return of some of the items
Michael Jackson has dropped a legal challenge against an auction of his former personal items.

The auction house and owners of the memorabilia have reached a deal with the pop star to let the sale go ahead.

More than 1,000 items from the careers of Jackson and his family will be sold by Guernsey's auctioneers in Las Vegas on 30-31 May.

Jackson's publicist said the singer was "satisfied" with the settlement, which includes some money going to charity.

Items going under the hammer will include costumes, lyrics and awards.

'Unpaid bill'

A gold record awarded to Jackson for Thriller in 1982 will be up for grabs, as will the original test pressing for the Jackson Five's I Want You Back and Tito Jackson's handwritten lyrics for ABC.

The belongings were requisitioned from a storage facility after the Jackson family allegedly failed to pay a bill for the items.

They are now owned by luggage transportation company Universal Express, which claim they are worth $50m (25m).

Jackson had tried to prevent the auction and force the return of goods he claimed were personal property, court papers show. He also wanted unspecified damages.

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