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Christie's cancels Miro art sale over Portugal dispute

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Auction house Christie's on Tuesday said it had cancelled the London sale of 85 paintings by Spanish master Joan Miro valued at more than 36 million euros ($48.5 million) over a legal dispute in Portugal. 

A member of staff poses for pictures next to a painting by Spanish artist Joan Miro entitled 'Peinture-L'Oiseau' at Christie's auction house in central London, on September 12, 2013

The paintings became Portuguese state property following the nationalisation of the BPN bank in 2008 and their sale has been met with fierce opposition by art lovers in Portugal.

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