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New York, New York 10022

April 25, 1975

Dear F.-G.,

These lines are to ask you a favor.

Mr. Alain Moatti, 77 rue des St. Peres, came to see me on February 20th and acquired two ivories, one a small diptych, the other a single leaf of a diptych, representing the Crucifixion. Though I asked more for these two items, he made me an offer of $10,000. for both, which I accepted. Those two items were turned over to the firm of Keating Packers and Shippers, who delayed the sending off because they told me, Moatti had made other purchases which should all leave simultaneously.

On February 20th I sent him the invoice, as per enclosed photostat. When I asked Moatti for payment here in New York, he answered that this could not be done on account of the Controle des Changes in France. However, said he "with the help of your invoice, which I would immediately turn over to my bank, payment should be made at once."

Not having heard from Moatti, on March 25th I sent him a cable:"Priere aviser si recutes ivoires expedies 6 Mars. Salutations." To which I received Moatti's answer: "Ivoires bien arrives hier. Salutations". But in spite of this reassuring cable, no payment was received. I thus wrote to him on April 15th, photostat herein included, and at this writing I am still without Moatii's check, or reply to that letter.

You would oblige me much by going to see Moatti, and try to obtain from him that his check should be forwarded at once. If he seems to be hedging and finding reasons for the delay and so on, I will ask you to then get in touch with Claude Perles, and ask him to proceed against Moatti. The included documentation you would then, of course, turn over to him.

This was a cash transaction, the purchase was made over two months ago, and I have received no further news, for you will realize that with the exception of his cable answering mine, I have had no letter from him.

To complete your file, I am also forwarding photostats of the original invoices, which Claude Perles, of course, would need. The value of the dollar having steadily gone down since February, he is already making a profit on the exchange.

Do keep me posted about the steps you have taken, and thanking you in advance for your kind efforts,

Affectionately yours,

Germain Seligman

Mr. F.G. Seligmann
23 rue de Constantine
Paris VI
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