Updated: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 03:59 | By Agence France-Presse

Rachmaninov score sells for $2.02 million

The 320-page handwritten manuscript of Sergei Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, widely considered to be the Russian composer's greatest work, sold for £1.2 million ($2.02 million, 1.48 million euros) in London on Tuesday.

Rachmaninov score sells for $2.02 million

A photograph dated March 1934 of Russian composer and pianist Sergey Vasilyevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

Sotheby's auction house said that the score, which was discovered in a private collection in 2004 having been presumed lost after its 1908 St Petersburg premiere, was bought by a private collector.

It is thought to be the sole surviving handwritten manuscript of the symphony, and has been on display at the British Library in London since 2005.

The symphony, in E minor, was created in Dresden for a set of concerts organised by Rachmaninov's cousin.

The score -- heavily notated in black ink -- was due to go on sale in 2004, but Rachmaninov's family demanded it be withdrawn, saying they were the rightful owners. An agreement was reached in 2005.

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