May 21, 2014
By Scott Walker
The only known original copy of one of Sergei Rachmaninov’s most famous works has sold at auction.
Sotheby’s sold the hand-written copy of Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony in E minor to a private collector for $2.2-million.
The score is 320 pages long. It was presumed lost after the symphony premiered in St. Petersburg in 1908. But it was discovered in a private collection ten years ago.
The symphony was thought to have undergone revisions after its premiere, making the manuscript the only record of Rachmaninov’s original vision.