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Sir Elton John Cancels Photo Show

An exhibition of photographs from Sir Elton John's personal collection has been taken off public display in Gateshead just over a week after one of the images was seized by police in a child pornography probe.

On Monday, the musician asked gallery bosses to close the exhibition just nine days after it opened.

The photograph was seized by detectives on September 20, the day before an exhibition of the musician's private collection was due to go on display at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.

It was among 149 photographs by controversial American photographer Nan Goldin that are owned by Sir Elton John and which formed the Thanksgiving exhibition at the Baltic arts centre on the banks of the River Tyne.

The rest of the photographs went on display on Friday, September 21, as planned, but the musician has now asked the gallery to cancel the exhibition completely.

It was due to run until January 20, 2008.

The image seized, entitled Klara And Edda Belly-dancing, depicts an image of two naked young girls and was taken by Nan Goldin.

It is still being examined by Northumbria Police to see if it breaches pornography legislation.

Concerned management at the flagship arts centre called in police and officers removed the exhibit from the multimillion-pound art the day before the exhibition opened.