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No, no, the auction gallery wasn't at all aware of it.
And he started to clean it and gradually the very fine head came out, and as he
went further, the man's hand was on a table next to a skull, and I realized when
the skull started to come out of the over-painting that the value of the picture
had dropped from about $125,000 to $30,000, because portraits with skulls were
no good. You could sell that only to a museum not to a private collector. And he
was very sad when this skull appeared. He sold it to the Nuremberg Museum, I
Do you recall some of the expeditions to the country houses?
Only that we weren't particularly lucky and that I adored going to them because
they were very beautiful. I often would go to look at English gardens; I loved
English gardens and would go just for fun.
I remember being asked--I belonged to one of the British art associations that
had various collections opened for members--at one time Buckingham Palace was
opened for the members and I asked another dealer if he didn't want to go with
us, and he said no. And I asked, “Why not?” and he said,
“Because there wouldn't be anything for sale.” Well, I was
the only art dealer in New York, as far as I know, that had any formal training
in the history of art.
During this time did you keep in touch with Paul Sachs?
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