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April 19, 1958 Dear Mr. Duits, Your letter of April 16th has just reached me and I hasten to answer you that the increase in the price offered by your clients, as you so correctly assume, is definitely of no avail. As I believe I wrote you previously the owner of the two paintings is indeed [[strikethrough]] v[[/strikethrough]]every[[a very]] rich person who is in no way effected by the present business recession and furthermore, cares for the two portraits. Therefore no selling price has ever been given me and if I mentioned a figure of $30,000, it was on my own initiative, meaning thus that if such an offer were made by your clients, I would then have grounds on which to approach this particular collector. Let me add however that even at that figure I would have no assurance of succeeding. I am writing you in this this vein in order to avoid any possible misunderstanding between you and me, and you and your party. Never-the-less I want you to know that I appreciate your communicating with me as you did. In fact, within the next week or ten days I shall be leaving for Europe and intend of course as usual to go to London and hope to have an opportunity of seeing you then. With personal regards, Sincerely yours, Germain Seligman Clifford Duits, Esq. 6, Duke Street St. James's, London, S.W.1, England
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