For sale: The portrait Mahler signed for Schoenbergmain
A hard-up veterinary student is selling on ebay a portrait that Gustav Mahler inscribed to Arnold Schoenberg in Vienna in 1907. The provenance is complicated. It appears the portrait belonged to the student’s grandfather, Abraham Fraser, who obtained it from his teacher, Joseph Schmid, a friend of Schoenberg’s.
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The price? A mere $150,000.