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Well, that depended on what we had. I think it would have been from a half
million to a million dollars a year, roughly, depending on the year and what we
happened to have. It wasn't a huge business, but if the pictures had been
intelligently bought during this era when the times were very good, one made a
moderate amount of money, and there was no income tax.
You spoke of going to English country houses, how did you gain entree? Were they
in need of disposing their collections?
Some were, sometimes. And sometimes we got entree through friends and sometimes
through other dealers. And it was really quite fascinating. I remember going to
a sale at Sotheby's, I think, and seeing a friend who was a dealer associated
with us buy a picture, very dirty, and I asked him after the sale why he bought
it. And he said, “Because it's a Holbein,” and I said,
“What do you mean?” He said, “Yes, it
is,” and he showed me a frieze at the top of the portrait, which I
did notice when he pointed it out to me was the same as an engraving by Holbein.
And he took me back to his rooms in a hotel and started to clean it, and indeed
it was a Holbein which had been over-painted.
You mean the gallery wasn't aware of this/?
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