Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Rare Beethoven Manuscript Goes Up For Auction In N.H.

A sketchleaf for the Missa Solemnis opens up Beethoven's creative process.
Credit RR Auction

If you’d like to hold a piece of Beethoven’s musical history, you’ll need to act fast.

RR Auction in Amherst, New Hampshire, which specializes in rare autographs, closes bidding Wednesday evening on a manuscript dating back to 1820. The single page contains ink and pencil marks made by Beethoven as he composed one his last major works, the rarely-performed religious piece Missa Solemnis.

It’s garnering attention from around the globe, with bidding is already approaching $400,000.

Watch a complete performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis performed in 2011 at London's Royal Albert Hall under the direction of Sir Colin Davis.