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[[preprinted]] Herbert N. Bier PAINTINGS WORKS OF ART 2, STRATHEARN PLACE, HYDE PARK SQUARE, LONDON, W.2 TELEPHONE: PADDINGTON 9522 CABLES: BIERART, LONDON [[/preprinted]] 12th January 1964. Messrs. Jacques Seligmann & Co.Inc., 5 East 57th street, New York 22, N.Y., U.S.A. Dear Germain, I thank you for your cable of the 6th January. I looked at the [[underline]] Beaubrun [[/underline]] in the [[underline]] basement [[/underline]] of Sotheby's and have ordered a photograph to be taken, which will reach you during the course of this week. The overall impression is of a good picture by a second-class painter and apparently, apart from a few blemishes, it is in very good condition. The signature and the date look alright, It seems that the picture was once folded over vertically on both sides at a depth between 4 1/2 inches on the left and 3.1/4 on the right hand side and consequently there is a certain amount of damage down both strips (this I assume will be visible on the photograph). The colours are light blue for the coat of the woman, lined with ermine, the dress silver-grey and the curtain red and orange. The frame is 19th century and suitable. As to the valuation, at a pure guess I would suggest £250-£450. There is a possibility that we may go on a short holiday to Switzerland on Tuesday,21st January, and should you find the photograph interesting enough perhaps you would ring me one evening this week up to Sunday, 20th, but not before 7p.m. our time. On Sunday evening I shall be in from about 8.30 pm onwards. Even if I am away I can make suitable arrangements to have the picture bought by a very discreet friend of mine. With best regards, Yours sincerely, [[signed]] Herbert [[/signed]]
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