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A planned auction of Ku Klux Klan items was canceled after fliers encouraging KKK membership were distributed in the community where the event was to have been held.

Residents in Mason, a Lansing suburb where civil rights leader Malcolm X lived for a time, awoke to find the fliers in front of their homes on Saturday. The fliers did not mention Sunday's auction, but the Ole Gray Nash Auction House in Howell canceled the event regardless.

"We don't believe (the fliers were) actually authentic, but someone went to a lot of trouble," said Becky Hinz, an auction house employee. "It was something we chose not to partake in or assist in any way shape or form."

Gary Gray, who owns the Ole Gray Nash Auction House, has said he is not a KKK supporter and was simply interested in the items' historical value.

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