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Monumental Manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Complete Second Symphony (The “Resurrection”) Sells for £4.5 million

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    Monumental Manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Complete Second Symphony (The “Resurrection”) Sells for £4.5 million
    30.11.2016
London

LONDON, 29 November 2016 – This morning at Sotheby’s in London, the complete manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony (the “Resurrection”) sold for £4,546,250 million. The result establishes a new auction record for a musical manuscript.

This hugely significant monument of musical history, spanning 232 pages and written in the composer’s distinctive hand throughout, ranks as the most significant music manuscript ever to be offered at auction.* Written in the composer’s own hand, the manuscript remains completely unaltered, untrimmed and unbound – including deletions, alterations and annotations, many in vivid blue crayon. The work retains the form in which Mahler left it, reflecting and revealing the compositional process for the work.

The dramatic manuscript is made all the more noteworthy by its remarkable provenance, coming to auction from the estate of the American economist and businessman, Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016), who, having become infatuated with Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 upon seeing the piece performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1965, dedicated his life to realising his dream of conducting the piece with the world’s greatest orchestras.






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    Auction to Take Place 18 January 2017



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  • Gilbert Kaplan at Morgan Library by Chel Dong
    Gilbert Kaplan at Morgan Library by Chel Dong
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus
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    Manuscript of Gustav Mahler’s
    Sotheby’s Auktionshaus