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Inquiring about bidding on a portrait of the Duke of York, dated 1958
Typed Letter signed: "Beaverbrook", 1 page, 5x6. London, 1958 March 8. On his personal letterhead to J. Buford Chisholm, Parke-Berbet Galleries, Inc. In full: "Thank you for your letter of the 4th March. I am sorry indeed I did not get the REYNOLDS portrait of the Duke of York. Evidently I was offering too low a figure. If you have any more pictures of this type for sale I shall be glad if you will let me know in time for me to consider if I wish to make a bid. Yours sincerely." Canadian-born British businessman and politician Max Aitken (1879-1964) became the First Baron Beaverbrook in 1917. Beaverbrook was a major investor in several companies, including Rolls-Royce, but was most influential as a press mogul, often called "the Baron of Fleet Street." After World War II, his Daily Express was the world's largest-selling newspaper, with over 3.7 million readers. One of only three persons to serve in the British Cabinet during both World Wars, he was Minister of Information during World War I and Minister of Aircraft Production (later Supply) during World War II. A close confidante of Prime Minister Winston Churchill, he accompanied Churchill to meetings with President Roosevelt, and was the first British leader to meet with Stalin during the war. He wrote several books. Mailing folds. Creased. Notch at top left edge. Paper clip crease on top margin. Corners slightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: May 25, 1879 in Maple, Ontario, Canada
Died: June 9, 1964 in Surrey, England, United Kingdom

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