Beethoven Missa Solemnis Letter Sells for $100,000
The one-page letter, written in German and signed "Beethoven" was penned circa September 1823 and addressed to Franz Christian Kirchhoffer. The letter - which went for $99,999 - concerns sending the Missa Solemnis to London and invites Kirchhoffer to lunch at Beethoven's flat on Sunday, along with his nephew Karl.
In the letter, Beethoven expresses his concern about the shipment of the Missa Solemnis to London, and asks Kirchhoffer to inquire about the possibility of sending it through the English embassy. Beethoven then goes on to invite Kirchhoffer to lunch at his flat, where he and his nephew Karl will be in attendance. He expresses his pleasure at the prospect of Kirchhoffer's company, especially given the promising weather.
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