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Man Seeks $5M on Canceled Michael Jackson Auction

LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man who bid on 170 items from a canceled Michael Jackson memorabilia auction says he never got the goods. Richard Lapointe wants $5 million from Julien's Auctions for what he claims to be the value of the items he purchased but never got.

Lapointe says in Suprerior Court that he paid his mandatory $25 registration fee to take part in the Internet auction in April, and bid on such items as a replica classic automobile used by Jackson to take guests around Neverland Ranch. He also says he bid on two Michael Jackson mannequins, a gold plaster bust of Jackson from his "Thriller" days, and a silkscreen print of Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, among other things.

Lapointe says his bids were accepted in writing on April 11 and 14, but that he received notice from Julien's on April 15 that the auction had been canceled.

Lapointe is represented by Nicholas Hornberger with Hornberger Brewer.

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