Original Mahler Manuscript Sells for New World Record Price

The compete original manuscript of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor has sold at auction in London for US $5.68 Million

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The compete original manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C Minor has sold at auction in London for US $5.68 Million – the highest price ever paid for a musical score.

Written between 1888 and 1894, the 232-page handwritten manuscript includes the composer’s deletions, alterations and annotations.

“The result establishes a new auction record for a musical manuscript … the work retains the form in which Mahler left it, reflecting and revealing the compositional process for the work …’ a spokesperson for Sotheby’s has said.

The score was previously owned by US businessman Gilbert Kaplan – who died in January of last year.

In 1987 nine Mozart Symphony original manuscripts were sold at auction for US $3.1 Million.

Robert Schumann’s 2nd Symphony original score was sold in 1994 for US $1.9 Million.

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