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Handwritten Manuscript of Sergei Rachmaninov Sells for $2.02 Million

by Bidita Debnath on May 22, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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 Handwritten Manuscript of Sergei Rachmaninov Sells for $2.02 Million

The 320-page handwritten manuscript of Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, widely considered to be the Russian composer's greatest work, sold for £1.2 million ($2.02 million) in London.

Sotheby's auction house said that the score, which was discovered in a private collection in 2004 having been presumed lost after its 1908 St Petersburg premiere, was bought by a private collector.

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It is thought to be the sole surviving handwritten manuscript of the symphony, and has been on display at the British Library in London since 2005.

The symphony, in E minor, was created in Dresden for a set of concerts organised by Rachmaninov's cousin.

The score -- heavily notated in black ink -- was due to go on sale in 2004, but Rachmaninov's family demanded it be withdrawn, saying they were the rightful owners. An agreement was reached in 2005.

Source: AFP
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