A US judge has rejected a request from pop star Michael Jackson to stop an auction of the singerâ€™s possessions from taking place later this month.
In March Jackson filed legal action in Los Angeles claiming that Julienâ€™s Auction House had â€œeffectively stolenâ€ his property.
â€œWe have to proceed because we have no choice,â€ said auctioneer Darren Julien, who claimed a contract was agreed.
Jacksonâ€™s production company is seeking the return of hundreds of items, which include the wrought iron gates from his Neverland Ranch and a white glove he wore in his 1983 Billie Jean video.
Julien has spent more than US$2 million arranging the sale.
His lawyer told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brett Klein that if the auction was halted then Julien could face bankruptcy.
His ruling will â€œhave no impact whatsoeverâ€ on the injunction motion, said Alan Gutman, who is representing Jacksonâ€™s company, MJJ Productions.
The next hearing will come before a different judge.
Julienâ€™s lawyer, Jerry Hawxhurst, said a contract was agreed, which gave the firm the right to sell the items.
â€œThe contract is clear as well water,â€ he said.
Julien and Jacksonâ€™s representatives agreed to allow some of the items to go on tour to promote their sale while the case proceeds.
The five-day auction, which is due to take place from April 22 in Beverly Hills, is expected to fetch up to US$20 million. â€” BBCOnline.