J. PAUL GETTY - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 04/15/1964 CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN M. BREALEY - HFSID 171183
J. PAUL GETTY, CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN M. BREALEY The oil tycoon signs this check for £332.17 to the art restorer, dated 1964 Check signed: “J. Paul Getty” in black ink. 6x3. April 15, 1964. Drawn from the Chase Manhattan Bank, London. Payable to John M. Brealey for £332.17 and 9p.
Sale Price $337.50
J. PAUL GETTY, CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN M. BREALEY The oil tycoon signs this check for £332.17 to the art restorer, dated 1964 Check signed: “J. Paul Getty” in black ink. 6x3. April 15, 1964. Drawn from the Chase Manhattan Bank, London. Payable to John M. Brealey for £332.17 and 9p. Endorsed on verso: “John M. Brealey”. In 1916, JEAN PAUL GETTY (1892-1976) and his father, George, had incorporated the Getty Oil Company, an early precursor to the great conglomerate. His multistate operation went international in 1949, when he completed a deal to lease oil fields in Saudi Arabia. During the Depression Era, he had bought extensive quantities of stock and in 1956 he gained control of Pacific Western, which he renamed Getty Oil, ending a 19-year stock battle with Standard Oil. The significantly larger Getty Oil Company became the world's largest privately owned business and made the enterprising Getty a billionaire. Although he was one of the world's richest men, Getty had a legendary reputation for miserliness. However, he shared his multimillion dollar collection of art and antiquities with the public by establishing the J. Paul Getty Museum--the largest endowment granted to an art museum at that time. JOHN M. BREALEY (1925-2002) was a British art restorer and museum curator. His father was a portrait painter which most likely contributed to Brealey's skill for conserving art pieces. He served as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, a member of the advisory council of the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, consultant to the Yale Center for British Art and consultant and restorer to the Frick Collection. Brealey became the chairman of paintings conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975 lasting until 1989. Lightly creased. Vertical fold in right margin. Bank stamps and puncture holes throughout. 2 pence stamp on upper right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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