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Rare Beethoven Manuscript Goes Up For Auction In N.H.

RR Auction

If you’d like to hold a piece of Beethoven’s musical history, you’ll need to act fast.

RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire, which specializes in rare autographs, closes bidding Wednesday evening on a manuscript dating back to 1820. The single page contains ink and pencil marks made by Beethoven as he composed one his last major works, the rarely-performed religious piece MissaSolemnis.

It’s garnering attention from around the globe, with bidding is already approaching $400,000.

Watch a complete performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis performed in 2011 at London's Royal Albert Hall under the direction of Sir Colin Davis.

Todd started as a news correspondent with NHPR in 2009. He spent nearly a decade in the non-profit world, working with international development agencies and anti-poverty groups. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

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