Selling Mahler’s Second Symphony

On November 29th, the auction house Sotheby’s will be offering the complete manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony (the “Resurrection”) at auction from their London saleroom. Sotheby’s predict it will sell in excess of £3.5 million, the highest ever estimation for a musical manuscript offered at auction.

A PAGE FROM THE MANUSCRIPT OF THE FIFTH MOVEMENT OF MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 2. PHOTO · © SOTHEBY’S

A PAGE FROM THE MANUSCRIPT OF THE FIFTH MOVEMENT OF MAHLER’S SYMPHONY NO. 2. PHOTO · © SOTHEBY’S

Late in August, I met Simon Maguire, Sotheby’s Senior Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, at the New Bond Street auction house in London’s fancy Mayfair district. The building is suited to its fancy clientele, but even those (such as myself) who are obviously not prospective buyers feel welcome to look around the art on display. Though we met at 10 a.m., there was no sign of early morning sluggishness about Maguire. Read the full article on Van.

 

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