May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 309

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
PROPOSING TO ADDRESS AN AUDIENCE "FOR A FEE OF TWENTY-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS" BEERBOHM, MAX. Autograph Letter Signed, to "Dear Mr. Reid," declining his terms for a speaking engagement by counterproposing impossible terms. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, personal stationery. (MRS) Rapallo, 18 January 1926

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"I thank you for returning to the charge. But you don't charge hard enough. Or rather you don't seem to think I shall charge high enough. . . . $12,000, minus 35 p.c., for 'hard travel,' plus the horror of 'widespread newspaper publicity' in your 'beautiful country' for a 'period of three or four months'--oh, dear Mr. Reid, how little you know me!
"If you will guarantee an absolutely smooth Atlantic (forfeit of $500 to be paid by you for the least ripple observed by me) and will build an exquisite little marble hall on Ellis Island, a hall warranted not to hold more than twenty-five persons, to whom, on one night only and, for not more than twenty minutes, and for a fee of twenty-five million dollars, I shall utter very quietly whatever nonsense may come into my head . . . ."