Beethoven, Schoenberg, Bach manuscripts auctioned for huge prices

A Beethoven manuscript has sold for €252,750 in an auction at Sotheby's, Paris, along with scores by Schoenberg and Bach.

Beethoven, Bach manuscripts up for auction

An auction at Sotheby's in Paris has seen an unpublished Beethoven manuscript sell for €252,750. The manuscript was part of a collection previously belonging to the French banker Andre Meyer.

The Beethoven manuscript, containing exercises and draft compositions, was initially expected to sell for €100,000 - €150,000 according to auctioneer Sotheby's. They previously had belonged to fellow piano great Frederic Chopin.

Also sold from the same collection was a signed string quartet from Arnold Schoenberg, which went for €240,750. It is the highest price ever paid for a Schoenberg manuscript.

A first edition print of Bach's Six Partitas for Keyboard was also sold for a record-breaking price, slightly lower at €228,750. The whole Meyer collection eventually sold for a total price of around €3.3m.

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