Mozart’s letter asking for his music back sells for over $200,000 at auction

A letter written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart sold at a Boston auction for $217,000 recently. Although it is not dated, Mozart wrote it shortly after July 1786, according to estimates.

Mozart letter fetches $217,000 at auction
In the letter, addressed to his friend Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Mozart asks for some of his musical scores to be returned. Photo: RR Auction
A letter by Mozart seeking to reclaim some scores from a friend fetched $217,000 at an auction in Boston
“I ask you to send me by the bearer of this, the Quartet in g minor, the Sonata in Eb and the ‘New Trio in g,” Mozart writes

Mozart is referring to three pieces: the Piano Quartet no. 1, Violin Sonata no. 33, and Trio for Violin, Piano and Cello. The estimated date of writing was calculated because the trio was written in July 1786.

Items belonging to Mozart and letters written by him frequently do well at auctions. Earlier this year, a lock of his hair sold for £35,000, far surpassing the estimate of between £10,000 and £12,000 placed on it by the auction house. The lock had been saved by Mozart’s widow before being given away in a gold locket after the composer’s death in 1791.

Last November, what was reportedly the smallest portrait of the composer was sold for £218,500. The drawing was done by an anonymous artist and was just 4cm high. According to the auction firm, the portrait is one of only two authentic pictures in private hands anywhere in the world.

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