Don’t Call Us … We’ll Call You

“Dear Mr. [sic] Evans,

Thank you for contacting Christie’s regarding the possible sale of your property. Our specialists have carefully reviewed the information you kindly sent to us and have requested that I share with you their response. Whilst these papers are undoubtedly of scientific and literary significance, unfortunately the collection does not fit the profile of our traditional book sales. For that reason, our specialists are not able to suggest an estimate for auction or provide other information. Our specialists advise that you might wish to contact a dealer to learn if one might be of assistance, perhaps using the website of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association:

We recognize that this may be disappointing news, and although we cannot be of assistance at this time, we hope that we may be of service to you in the future.”

Most people would recognize that as being ‘a polite brush-off’; not a ‘valuation’.

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