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May 2, 1947

Dear Francois Gerard: 

RE: Birds

I just saw Edouard Jonas who told me that he had left with his brother, I suppose Paul, a pair of very important and big Kienlong birds for which he wanted 1,000,000 or maybe 1,200,000 Fcs. He added that naturally the necks were broken (I do not know why it is natural) but it makes the birds more appealing. Perhaps they are beautiful enough at that relatively enormous price to be appealing to your client.

I am going to investigate the market, but from what I have heard recently, [[strikethrough]] when [[/strikethrough]] beautiful these birds bring a great deal of money. You should [[strikethrough]] at least [[/strikethrough]] provide me with the initials of the client so as to permit me to inquire from the dealers whether they are in contact with a client living in Europe whose name begins with "----", so as not to have you propose the same item to your client.

^[[Georges S.]]

Mr. Francois Gerard Seligmann
23 Place Vendome
Paris, France

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