SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Protests by Japanese-American groups has pushed an East Coast auction house to cancel a planned sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II camps where Americans of Japanese descent were imprisoned.

Thousands of Japanese-Americans, groups and sympathizers posted their opposition to the sale on social media petitions and on the auction house’s Facebook page.

The Rago Auction House in New Jersey has declined to identify the current owner of the collection or say how it came into that person’s possession.

The collection includes 63 photos of internees and dozens of arts and crafts they made.

Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, who was interned in a camp, says the artifacts belong with the families or in museums.

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