Word has just leaked that the Morgan Library and Museum is putting it's treasured Robert Owen Lehman Collection up for sale.
For those unfamiliar with it, the Lehman Collection is widely considered to be among the most important private collections of original manuscripts in the world- featuring the original handwritten scores of such classical greats as Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Webern.
Following initial reports from artsjournal.com of the pending sale, the Morgan remained mum on Tuesday. "It is accurate," said Patrick Milliman, a spokesperson for the museum. "But of course as an institution, we don't comment on these types of things."
The Lehman collection, first started by Robert Owen Lehman in 1968, is noted for its French manuscripts, including works by composers Debussy and Ravel. The collection also includes Bach's Cantata 171 (Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm); Brahms's Symphony No. 2; Chopin's Variations on Là ci darem la mano, Op. 2; the short score of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune; the Franck Violin Sonata and the Liszt Piano Sonata, among others.
Since the project's 2007 inception, the Morgan has scanned more than 900 manuscripts containing roughly 42,000 pages, according to the institution's website.
While not exactly top 10 radio billboard fodder, the collection is nonetheless priced at a whopping $135 million.
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