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Sir Paul McCartney's lawyers have succeeded in a bid to ban the sale of mementos by the family of his former nanny.

The late Rose Martin, who looked after the star's children, was reportedly gifted a number of collectable items by the Beatles star's late wife Linda, including a suit, a cape and handwritten lyrics.

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Martin's family decided to put the collection up for auction following her death last year, but they have now been withdrawn from sale following a complaint from McCartney's attorneys.

Omega Auctions representative Paul Fairweather tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "Unfortunately, the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away."

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"Rose always told the family that it was Linda that had given them to her but as both have unfortunately passed away, neither story can be corroborated ... At the end of the day we've got to make sure that according to the law we give them back to their rightful owner, be that Rose's family or Sir Paul McCartney and MPL Communications (McCartney Productions Ltd). We can only apologize to any buyers who were hoping to bid on these items."

The collection was expected to fetch as much as $48,000 at auction and the family had hoped to distribute the cash to Martin's grandchildren.

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McCartney previously paid tribute to Martin following her death, calling her a "dear friend" and "fiercely loyal."