Michael Jackson's family is desperate to stop the syringe, used to inject drugs that killed the singer, from being auctioned, it has emerged.
Lawyers reportedly informed the King of Pop's siblings Janet and Tito that an unnamed seller has put it up for sale.
It has been speculated that the needle may fetch a price of up to 5 million dollars.
The needle is apparently doing rounds in auction houses in Vegas and may be sold off on June 25, marking the first anniversary Jackson's death.
"This is one of the sickest lots ever put up. The syringe is no longer needed in the inquest or in Murray's forthcoming trial but the moral implications don't bear thinking about," the Mirror quoted a source as saying.
The insider added: "The guy who has possession of the needle has been in meetings with his legal team, making sure it is legitimate and his to sell. The plan is to flog it for up to 5million dollars in a big Vegas casino but he's been told he may have to sell it somewhere that doesn't have 'reciprocal legal agreements with the United States', such as Brazil or even Libya.
"The validity of the sale is a matter of interpretation, dependent on whether the DA believes a crime has even been committed.
"Rumours are leaking thick and fast and the Jackson family are aware of the auction plan.
"They are furious and incensed that someone is yet again trying to profit from him. It's an incredibly distressing time for them."
The 'Thriller' hitmaker's autopsy result had suggested he died from "lethal levels" of a powerful anaesthetic, propofol.
Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged for administering the drugs that eventually resulted in his death.