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April 29, 1957

Dear Mr. Duits:

Let me first acknowledge receipt of your two letters of April 16th and 27th.

I have been quite busy trying to trace the two portraits but so far have been getting the run around. The first scent I followed proved to be futile effort and I am now starting on a new one.

Talking about prices, you must first realize that when I purchased the portraits from Frank Sabin, I did not know that they  had been sold for so low a figure at the Gray sale. I recall Sabin giving me a pedigree, but without the mention of an auction sale which detail he did not have to give me, and if [[you ever?]] had dealings with him, you will remember that he was never afraid of adding very large profits. Though I have no way of ascertaining today the cost price to me of those two portraits--my Paris archives having been destroyed during the war--I know however that it had no connection with the price they brought at the Gray sale. This is just to say that if they have changed hands several times and if their respective selling prices were based on the figure paid by the first New York collector who acquired them from me, their selling price today, should they be for sale, will be pergorce [[perforce?]] an entirely different one from the 1928 auction.

Be this as it may, as I said above, I am continuing my research, and shall post you if and when I have anything more positive to impart.

I expect to be in London from the 13th to the 16th of May, stopping at Claridge's, Brook Street, and shall look forward to seeing you, with or without results as regards the Hall portraits.  I am purposely specifying for there is another entirely different topic I would like to take up with you, in fact there are two.

Meanwhile with kind regards,

Sincerely yours,

Germain Seligman

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

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