Greta Garbo Dumps Lawyer Letter
This is a rare find. A signed letter from Greta Garbo to her New York lawyer, Joseph S. Buhler, essentially dumping him for a California lawyer. She tells Buhler that what he has done for her is too complicated for her to understand and that New York is too far away.
The 1933 letter comes with two certificates of authenticity issued by autograph dealers who have owned the letter in the past. The letter also comes with the envelope it was mailed in, clearly postmarked the day after the letter was written.
The letter reads:
Santa Monica, California
Mr. Joseph S. Buhler,
Dear Mr. Buhler:
I have a great many papers which you have sent me, which I do not understand. Although I am sure that the various arrangements you have made for me are intended for my benefit, they are too complicated for me to comprehend.
I find it very difficult to have a lawyer so far away, and Mr. Bachrack is a gentleman whom I did not know. Undoubtedly he is an excellent lawyer, but I should prefer my own choice.
I have selected Mr. Laurence W. Beilenson, 1124 Title Guarantee Building, Los Angeles, California, to represent me in the future. He has represented some of my friends for some years, and they are greatly pleased with his work.
Please get in touch with him and arrange to inform him of what has been done, as well as turning over the necessary papers.
I am grateful for your past services, but the distance between us is too great, and I see no necessity for having two lawyers.
The letter has two horizontal folds and shows normal yellowing from aging. There is minor soiling in two places. One lightly affects the large signature. Otherwise, the letter is in good condition. The envelope has substantial soiling (could it be that Mr. Buhler spilled his coffee when he saw the letter?).
Letter comes nicely framed and matted. All materials touching the letter are acid free.
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