The auction house due to sell thousands of artefacts from the singer's Neverland estate has cancelled plans after the two parties reached an out-of-court settlement
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Around 1,400 lots, including this 1995 tryptich, were to have gone under the hammer from April 22
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Michael Jackson auction halted after 11th hour agreement

15 APRIL 2009
Michael Jackson fans were positively moonwalking with delight when an auction of memorabilia from the singer's Neverland estate was announced.

Now the chance to get their hands on his artwork and fabulous costumes has evaporated as the king of pop has won a last-minute settlement halting the disputed sale.

The artefacts, which included the gates of the singer's ranch, his famous crystal-encrusted white glove and dozens of paintings featuring Michael in Peter Pan guise, were to have gone under the hammer on April 22.

Though the Thriller artist apparently co-operated with the sale initially, a change of heart led to him suing an LA auction house for the return of his possessions.

Auctioneer Darren Julien confirmed they'd come to an out-of-court agreement - though he refused to comment on how much of the $2 million incurred in organising the sale the singer had reimbursed.

"We are very happy. We are happy because he is happy," he said.

All is not lost for Michael's admirers they can still get a peek at his possessions which remain on display in Los Angeles until the end of next week.

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