Heirs delay sale of historic papers in Italy tax tussle

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An auction of the papers of Giorgio Vasari, the man credited with founding European art history, has been called off at the last moment.

The papers, which include letters to and from Michelangelo, were due to be auctioned to pay off tax debts.

But lawyers for their owners, an aristocratic Italian family, stepped in at the last minute, claiming they were being sold too cheaply.

Giorgio Vasari, himself an acclaimed artist, lived in the 16th Century.

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