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Photos: Michael Jackson's Family Photo Album on Auction Block

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It's been almost three years since the King of Pop passed away, and his personal possessions are still surfacing, many of which fetch huge sums at auction.

The latest discovery is perhaps the most fascinating, for it sheds a rare light on the private life of the Jackson family. The never-before-seen family photo album includes shots of relatives and friends all dating back to the 1970s. It provides a unique perspective on a life lived almost entirely in the public square. Many of the people shown in the book's myriad images are not famous, and without a Jackson family member as a willing guide these mystery shots may never be identified.

The book itself is bound in a plain, unglamorous cover and looks just like the family photo album your grandmother probably keeps under her coffee table. It was discovered along with a massive collection of items that Jackson stashed in a storage locker in the late 90s.

A British collector bought the album in 2009 and now plans to sell it at Peacocks Auctioneers in Bedford, Bedfordshire, UK. The lot has a starting price of just £3,000.

 
Moment in time: This blurry snap of Jackson brothers Tito (left) and Jermaine (centre) and a friend taken in the early-1970s is one of a haul of personal photos in a never-before-seen album that is up for auction next month

 

 
Close friend: The album was one of a massive collection of items Jackson placed into storage in the 1990s that were repossessed before his 2009 death

 

 
Drinking game: The photo album's seller - who wishes to remain anonymous - picked up the album from private collectors in the U.S.

 
From left: Jermaine, Michael, Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson in their Jackson 5 glory days