Beethoven manuscript fetches $2m

A signed manuscript of one of Ludwig van Beethoven's string quartets fetched nearly ?1.2 million ($2.1 million) at auction on Friday.

    Collectors have been clamouring for Beethoven manuscripts

    The 31-page manuscript of Beethoven's Scherzo from his String Quartet Opus 127 in E flat major was bought by a private buyer, Sotheby's auction house said in a statement.

       

    "The result achieved by the Scherzo sold today confirms beyond all doubt the strength both of the market and of the demand for autograph works by this legendary composer," said Stephen Roe, head of Sotheby's European Book department.

     

    Beethoven composed the Scherzo at the request of a Russian prince in 1824-5. The manuscript includes alterations and additions made by the composer himself.

     

    Earlier this year, Sotheby's sold a manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for a world record $3.7 million.

     

    "In 2003, at auction, Beethoven has provided the two best selling items in the entire book and manuscript world," Roe said.

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Forced at 15: The young brides of Niger

    Forced at 15: The young brides of Niger

    How young girls in the West African country are fighting back against child marriage.