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Rare page sets Mozart sale record
Record-breaking Mozart page
The previous record for a single Mozart sheet was set at 89,500
One of just two surviving pages from a Mozart manuscript has been sold at an auction in London for 110,900.

The folio, from the composer's draft for the Sinfonia Concertante, has set a new record for a single page of his work, which has stood since 1998.

The item was purchased from Sotheby's by dealers based in London who were bidding on behalf of a private client.

The violin, viola and orchestral work was composed in 1779, securing Mozart's standing as a great composer aged 23.

'Greatest works'

The leaf had not been seen in public for decades before the auction and had not been available for scholars to scrutinise.

Dr Simon Maguire, a music specialist at Sotheby's, said: "We were glad to see this extraordinary survival attract such strong competition.

"Its significance as the most important single leaf of Mozart to have appeared on the market for decades is reflected in the price it achieved.

"It is one of Mozart's greatest works, and we are thrilled to have handled a manuscript that takes us so close to its original inception," he added.

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