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21.09.16. A previously undocumented and unpublished sketch-leaf for Beethoven's 'Emperor' concerto will be offered for auction at Sotheby's, London on 20 October. The auction house has speculated that the sketch-leaf, which is is estimated to sell for £150,000-£200,000, contains Beethoven's first draft of the work's themes ... more  Add a comment

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While bargains are to be had at auction, for the uninitiated, I think it's worth quoting from John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors. "The novice collector does well to recognise that in a bookshop there is a strong bond of common interest across the counter, but that in the sale-room every man's hand is against him. If he is a man of spirit, he may relish the encounter; hoping to beat the professionals at their own game and be prepared to take a few knocks in the process. Yet if he is also a man of sense, he will only do so after careful reconnaissance, and then with his eyes wide open".

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