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[[preprinted letterhead]] HOTEL BAUR AU LAC ZURICH- ADRESSE TÉLÉGR: BAURLAC TÉLÉPHONE: (051) 23 16 50 PROPR. M. KRACHT'S ERBEN [[/preprinted letterhead]] Tuesday Night April 17 1951 Dear Germain: Om my return a few minutes ago from Bern I found a letter from Carlos Abegg saying, following his greeting, "As to [[underlined]] Dr. Marxer[[/underlined]] I got no further news. He has to work very carefully and with great diplomacy. As soon as he knows something more he will inform me and I on my turn will then immediately let you know what happened." I hope to catch Carlos at his office tomorrow morning but he leaves for Milan at 9 a.m. The fact that Dr. Marxer mentioned the need for working carefully and with diplomacy is quite an encouraging sign that he has not abandoned us. However, it does not furnish sufficient reason for my staying on in Zurich forever. I also received a call from Gawronski saying that the Duke ^[[Arenberg]] is having a house built in Monte Carlo by an English architect and that it is very doubtful that he will return soon, if at all, to Lausanne. That he just visits there now. The cards are certainly stacked against us in this case. The Professor also said that Mme. Wyler phoned him and he is sure that she has much more to say about the disposition of the [[underlined]] Bellini[[/underlined]] than the Dentist. She phoned the restorer Bates who said that she and the Doctor had the right to do whatever they wished commercially. She wants to know, says Gawronski, whether we would pay a "per cent perdu" if the picture should be called to New York, kept there until October and then fail to be sold. The deposit to be made after the month or six weeks period which they would agree to reserve the picture for, while you make contact with your client. In other words, if we cable that we release the picture, no deposit would be made, but if we ask to have it sent, then they would at least have a deposit to compensate them for the lost time while it was under consideration and later returned unsold. I suppose the deposit would be part of the payment if the picture were to be sold. I have not been able to contact her as yet but may later on this evening to find out what the amount is that she has in mind, but Sunday when Bates was here he casually asked whether we would be willing to pay something and I told him we would be paying a great deal, my time and expense while here debating the picture, (which we did not seek out but had offered to us), the agreement to pay transportation over and back with insurance, etc., and we considered that we were doing more than a reasonable amount in helping them to effect a sale in the only place which is likely to buy a picture at such a price. [[strikethrough]]xxxxxxxxxxx[[/strikethrough]] If there is a remote possibility of making a few thousand on the picture, we should try to see the justice of their position and recognize that they are giving up all chance of selling here or in England or America while we try for five months. But do you want to pay for the privilege?
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