LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A manuscript by Ludwig von Beethoven was sold to a private collector for more than $2.03 million by Sotheby's auction house in London.
The rare document, a movement from one of Beethoven's last compositions, was sold last week to a private collector who bid by telephone and asked not to be identified.
It was identified as the scherzo of the String Quartet in E flat with some parts crossed out and later alterations added. The Swedish The Foundation for the Furthering of Music Culture in Stockholm consigned the manuscript to Sotheby's to raise funds for the future care of the rest of its collection.
The quartet was completed in 1825, two years before the composer's death.
Sotheby's noted in a press release that single pages written by Beethoven appear from time to time at auction but no manuscript of the size of the scherzo had been offered for more than a decade. Last May, Sotheby's sold a copyist's manuscript of the Ninth Symphony including revisions in Beethoven's hand for $3.47 million.