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Books/Manuscript: (UK) The Telegraph Article: "Sotheby's clashes with expert over Beethoven manuscript that fails to sell after public row over authenticity" (by Lydia Willgress, 29 Nov 2016)

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"A handwritten Beethoven score valued at up to £200,000 has failed to sell at auction, after a public row between music scholars over whether it was written in the composer’s own hand.

The manuscript for Allegretto In B Minor, thought to have been drawn up in 1817, had been described by Sotheby's as ...

having been penned by the German composer himself, but failed to find a buyer on Tuesday, after a leading expert said it “couldn’t possibly be [in] Beethoven’s hand”. To compound the auction house’s embarrassment, it later emerged that its rival, Christie’s, had refused to sell the score last year, after being unable to confirm its authenticity - although" ...

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