Our Music, Continental and Russian Books and Manuscripts auction achieved a fine total of £2,669,153. The top lot was Tchaikovsky’s working draft of his Suite no.2, which sold for £329,00 (£250,000 — 300,000 estimate). One of the many lots that sold strongly in the sale as a whole was the autograph manuscript "of Structure 1a" by Pierre Boulez, which achieved £50,000 against a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-20,000.
The sale of Music and Continental Books and Manuscripts on 28 May features the Kurt Maschler Autograph Collection (lots 133-217), containing letters & manuscripts by Goethe, Heine, Freud, Melanchthon, Schopenhauer, Proust, Turgenev, ETA Hoffmann, Mann (90 early letters), Erich Kästner, Constable, Dickens, Zola, Verlaine, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Gauguin, Zweig, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and many others.
The big lots in music are the autograph manuscript of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances for 2 pianos, Tchaikovsky’s working draft of his Suite no.2, Stravinsky’s Berceuses du chat, two music manuscripts by Mozart, and others by Offenbach, Strauss, Balakirev, Scriabin, Boulez, Wagner, Debussy and Delius, letters by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, and a very early score of Handel’s Acis and Galatea. The printed items include a copy of Sanquirico’s designs for La Scala, the huge Graduale Romanum printed by Giunta in 1499, and first editions of Purcell and Mozart. There are also paintings by C.G. Jung and Mendelssohn and an important early miniature portrait of Kant.