Nov 07, 2017 - Sale 2461

Sale 2461 - Lot 210

Price Realized: $ 9,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
HAS A PREVIOUS ENGAGEMENT AT CARNEGIE HALL TCHAIKOVSKY, PYOTR ILYICH. Autograph Letter Signed, "P. Tschaikovsky," in French, to dramatic agent Edmund Gerson ("Sir!"), stating that he departs for America from Le Havre making it impossible to accept his offer, thanking him for the offer, and in a postscript, hoping for a meeting in New York. 1 page, 8vo; inlaid, horizontal fold, minor chip at upper edge. With the holograph address panel of the original envelope, inlaid. Np, 6 February 1891

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"It's from Le Havre (France) that I'll embark for America. Consequently I will not benefit this time from your offers. I thank you with all my heart."
The postscript: "I hope to have the pleasure of making your acquaintance personally in New York."
In 1891, Tchaikovsky traveled to New York to inaugurate the opening of Carnegie Hall, where he conducted his Coronation March on opening night, May 5, 1891.
From the Jimmy Van Heusen Collection.