Gerry Rafferty's girlfriend has been slapped with a $120,000 (£75,000) legal bill after losing a battle with the late singer's family over his collection of artwork and guitars.

The Baker Street hitmaker had been living with Enzina Fuschini in a rented home near Poole, England before his death from liver failure in January last year (11).

After being excluded from Rafferty's $1.9 million (£1.2 million) will, Fuschini launched a legal battle laying claim to three guitars and some items she insisted they owned jointly, including artwork by French painter Matisse.

The case was taken to court by the will's executors - Rafferty's daughter Martha Rafferty and lawyer Russell Roberts - who disputed Fuschini's claim that the guitars, and a Steinway piano, were gifts from the singer.

In a ruling at London's High Court, judge Mrs. Justice Proudman said, "At no time did the deceased mention that he had gifted any valuable items to the defendant. Most importantly, the defendant herself made no such claim until after the deceased's death, even at a time when he was asking for return of assets.

"I order formal release to the claimants of the items, together with appropriate declarations as to ownership. It seems to me that the defendant must pay the costs of this action."

The possessions will now go to Rafferty's granddaughter, Celia.