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Rare letter that Mozart penned to Austrian friend sells for $217,000 at Massachusetts auction

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BOSTON A rare letter that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed to a friend has sold at auction for $217,000.

The Boston-based RR Auction house says the one-page German note was written in 1786 to Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, a close friend of Mozart’s.

It asks von Jacquin to send a messenger to return three scores of music: “the Quartet in G minor, the Sonata in Eb and the ‘New Trio in G.’”

The auction house didn’t disclose the identity of the buyer.

RR Auction executive vice-president Bobby Livingston said Thursday that Mozart letters are among the musical items most sought by collectors.

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