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New York, New York 10022

November 22, 1969

Dear Herbert:

Do have my thanks for your interesting and detailed letter of November 17th from which I gather that the two large GUARDI compositions, plates 4 and 5, are still in the hands of the Merton family, and thus thatsome time or other could be on the market.

However, you did not remind me of the price you mentioned this last Spring for the GUARDI you had for sale. Do let me have it for my notes, as I wrote you,previously, seem to have gone astray. Its one interest is to compare it with the one quoted now for the painting reproduced plate 10.

Unfortunately, as I have already said, I can take no steps in respect to this GUARDI, plate 10, for business has been extremely bad since my return and though I much regret it I have to abstain from further purchases for the time being.

This will explain why I am not following up your suggestion regarding the Claude VIGNON drawing which had caught my eye. Under other circumstances I would certainly be bidding for it.

As you correctly state, we are holding at present an exhibition of MASTER DRAWINGS, which by the way is very slow moving, and as per your request I am sending you the catalogue herein.

With warm regards,


Germain Seligman

Herbert N. Bier, Esq.
2 Strathearn Place
Hyde Park Square
London W. 2

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