The composer’s finished manuscript of the second symphony sold this morning at Sotheby’s for £3.9 million ($4.5), to which the buyer will have to add a premium of around 15%. The total paid was £4,546,250.
This is by far the highest sum ever paid for a music manuscript. The previous record was held by a Schumann symphony, sold for £1.5 million in 1994.
The Mahler score was owned by Gilbert Kaplan, a New York publisher who conducted the symphony many times around the world.
It was sold to a phone bidder, presently unidentified.