Rachmaninov score sells for $2.02 million

Sotheby’s auction house said that the score was bought by a private collector. — AFP

LONDON: 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, 1.48 million euros) in London on Tuesday.

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.

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The score -- heavily notated in black ink -- was due to go on sale in 2004, but Rachmaninov's family demanded it be withdrawn, saying they were the rightful owners.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





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