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Music sale performs strongly

London auction with Mahler as lead produces many sound results from 53 lots

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Regarded by many as Gustav Mahler’s greatest song for voice and orchestra, ‘Ich bin der Weit abhanden gekommen’ was just one of many first-class performances featured in a 53-lot music sale conducted by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) on May 23.

The 14pp manuscript is Mahler’s full orchestral setting of Friedrich Rückert’s poem on the musings of a weary, despairing artist, one who is “lost to the world”, and presents a vocal counterpart to the celebrated and heartbreaking ‘Adagietto’ in his Fifth Symphony.

As such, it is both one of the composer’s most personal works and, in a well-chosen phrase in the catalogue description, “almost a touchstone for the beautiful in music”.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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