Auction house workers adjust Joan Miro's 1968 oil painting "Women and Birds" which has an estimated sale price of $6.5 million to $11.5 million, Dec. 19, 2013.(AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Christie's auction house canceled the sale of 85 paintings by the Catalan Surrealist Joan Miro Tuesday, after an uproar over whether debt-ridden Portugal, their legal owner, could sell the treasures to buyers abroad.The court ruled the sale could not be stopped but noted that the state culture secretary's decision had not sought proper authorization to send the paintings to London last week.Critics of the planned sale said the state had ignored "the immeasurable immaterial value" of the collection to Portugal.
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