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July 10, 1957

Dear Mr. Duits:

Your very kind note of July 2nd, greeted my upon my return to New York which I am about to leave again as my galleries are closing now for their usual reopening in the first days of September.

I have read with interest the firm offer made by your client for the pair of portraits by Hall, i.e. $14,000 (fourteen thousand dollars), inclusive of all commissions.  While I am not at this point arguing the relative aesthetic merits and financial value of these two paintings, I am sorry to have to say that on this basis, I could not approach the present owners of the two paintings.

My refusal to convey to them such a figure, less our commissions etc. is based on the facts which I explained to you in writing and by word of mouth, namely that they are very wealthy people and in no way disposed toward selling any of the works of art addorning [[adorning]] their home.

In other words the figure mentioned could not - I am certain - be sufficiently alluring to them and unless your client would feel inclined to offer over twice the amount - that is around $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) - I personally would take no further steps in this connection.  It would only jeopardize my position, the more so as I consider those two portraits as extremely attractive ones and very rare indeed.

Trusting you will understand my attitude and with all best wishes,

Sincerely yours,

Germain Seligman

Clifford Duits, Esq.
6, Duke Street, St. James's,
London, S.W.1, England


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