Gustav Mahler's Second Symphony sets new world record

Gustav Mahler's original manuscript to his Second Symphony (The Resurrection) has sold for £4.5m ($5.6m) at Sotheby's today.

That's a new auction record for a musical manuscript.

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The Second Symphony is one of Mahler's most celebrated works

It smashed the longstanding £2.5m ($3.1m) record paid for a collection of Mozart symphonies in 1987.

The Second Symphony was first performed in 1898 and is among Mahler's most celebrated works. It's a searing meditation on life and death with an enormous, heart-pounding finale.

The manuscript comes from the collection of the late American entrepreneur Gilbert Kaplan (1941-2016), who conducted the piece over 100 times in concert halls around the world.

Kaplan first heard the symphony in New York's Carnegie Hall in 1965 - an experience that completely changed his life.

He explained later: "Zeus threw the bolt of lightning. I walked out of that hall a different person".

The sale of the Second Symphony was of huge importance - as Simon Maguire, senior books and manuscripts specialist at Sotheby's, explained prior to the sale: "No complete symphony by Mahler, written in the composer's own hand, has ever been offered at auction, and probably none will be offered again."

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