The Miro collection became state property after Portugal nationalized the failed bank BNP in 2008. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)
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The Socialist deputies said in a statement that the sale by Christie's auction house would be illegal because the center-right government had violated rules on the classification of cultural assets while also ignoring "the immeasurable immaterial value" of the collection to Portugal.Their move followed several parliamentary motions by opposition parties and an online petition signed by nearly 9,000 people calling for the collection to be kept in Portugal. The Miro collection became state property after Portugal nationalized the failed bank BNP in 2008 .Christie's confirmed that the sale remained scheduled for next week but declined to comment on the dispute in Portugal.
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