A lawyer has ended a dispute with Leonard Cohen after agreeing to sell off footage of the legendary folk singer shot in the 1970s.

Showbiz attorney Steven Machat is handing over 294 film reels, which follow the Hallelujah singer on stage and behind-the-scenes of his 1972 European tour.

The tapes had been missing since 1980, but Machat rediscovered them in 2009 and they were used to create a documentary about the Canadian rocker, entitled Bird on a Wire.

Now Machat, who once represented Cohen, has settled his feud with the star by offering up the reels to fans for $1,500.

Machat tells London's Hackney Gazette, "These reels are historical, and since Cohen himself didn't put them into a museum, I feel the rightful place is with his fans who so adore his message.

"I am selling this for money. I am selling this so those who worship and adore the artist can have something to hold and own as their own."

The reels are available to purchase on Machat's website, www.leonardcohencafe.co.uk.