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Scholar calls Sotheby's Beethoven manuscript a fake

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 05:50

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A page from the Mozart symphony that had previously fetched US$4 million in 1987. At a November 2016 auction, a brief Beethoven work for string quartet went unsold when, before the auction, music professor Barry Cooper of the University of Manchester, cast doubts on its authenticity.

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WHEN a 232-page handwritten score of Mahler's epic Second Symphony (Resurrection) sold for US$5.6 million at Sotheby's in London last month, it shattered a nearly 30-year record for the highest price paid at auction for a musical manuscript.

The Mahler is one of the most

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