The idea was met with criticism from Japanese families who felt it commercialized personal mementos collected by people forced into World War II internment camps.
The New Jersey auction house is now looking to place the items in a museum.
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Japanese-Americans and others protested on a Facebook page, signed a petition that demands the auctioneers delay the sale. The page has already attracted more than 2,000 likes.