A Rare Handwritten Letter by Mozart Sells for $217,000 at Auction
One rare, handwritten letter by Mozart was sold at auction.
This rare letter wrote by famous musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has sold at a US auction for a great amount.
The artist was born in Salzburg, an Austrian city on the German border, back in 1756. Today is considered one of the greatest composers of all times.
His work, operas, concertos, symphonies and chamber music have influenced and shaped classical music as we know it today.
Mozart died at the age of 35 in Vienna in 1791. But before that, he left a great legacy behind.
The musician wrote a letter, in German, to his friend, the scientist, Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin on 1788.
In the one-page letter, Mozart was asking his friend to return three music scores via a messenger.
“I ask you to send me by the bearer of this, the Quartet in G minor, the Sonata in Eb and the ‘New Trio in G,'” it reads.
It was auctioned and sold by the Boston-based firm RR Auction, which mentioned that the musician finished the trio on July 8, 1786, and the letter was written shortly afterward.
“Mozart letters are among the most sought after all musical autographs,” Bobby Livingston, the executive vice president at the RR Auction, said, adding that “this is a truly outstanding example.”
With a minimum bid of $10,000 someone was willing to pay $217,017.33 for a rare, handwritten letter by Mozart.
The letter, which was written in German, had Mozart signed at the bottom of the page. The 13 x 5 letter has no date, but it was written around July-August 1786.
Addressed on the reverse in another hand, “A Monsieur, Monsieur de Jacquin, Professeur de Botanique, a Vienne”
Archivally mounted, matted, and framed to an overall size of 21 x 12.5.
“Intersecting folds, light foxing, and irregularly trimmed edges, otherwise fine condition.”
The pieces Mozart refers to are his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (K.478, 1785), Violin Sonata No. 33 in E-flat major (K.481, 1785), and Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in G Major (K.496, 1786).
“This last ‘new trio in g’ was completed on July 8, 1786, and thus this letter probably dates to shortly thereafter.”
“While K.478 was published as early as December 1785, the other two would see publication in 1786; the edition of Mozart’s ‘Briefe und Aufzeichnungen’ by Bauer and Deutsch hypothesizes that the composer required the latter two works in order to prepare them for publication, possibly to have them engraved by Hoffmann or to make final corrections before going to press.”
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