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Mahler’s Second Symphony Could Become World’s Most Expensive Manuscript

Mahler’s Symphony

The complete manuscript of Mahler’s second symphony will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, London on 29 November 2016. The 232-page manuscript could become world’s most expensive manuscript if it fetches around £3.5-4.5 million ($5-7 million) that Sotheby’s has ‘guestimated.’ In that case, it would have surpassed the sales of the nine Mozart symphonies (£2.5 million, 1987) and Schumann’s second symphony (£1.5 million, 1994).

Mahler’s Symphony
Mahler’s Symphony

This sale comes following the death of the manuscript’s third and last owner Gilbert Kaplan early this year when he succumbed to an aggressive cancer. Before Kaplan and Mahler itself, the finished score was in the hand of the conductor Willem Mengelberg.
American businessman and economist, Kaplan became fascinated with the symphony upon seeing it performed at Carnegie Hall in 1965. He learned how to conduct the piece, which he would perform more than 100 times across the globe. He bought it from the Mengelberg Foundation in the 1980s.

Mahler’s Symphony
Mahler’s Symphony

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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