News and Articles
Here's a selection of latest news that we hope you find interesting. Check back regularly so that you get the news as it breaks or sign up to our newsletters and have the news delivered to your inbox.
Austrian Composer Haydn's Manuscript Discovered in Norway reports ktsm.com
An unknown manuscript by Franz Joseph Haydn has been found. The handwritten manuscripts were discovered in the National Library of Norway archives. Though it is still unknown how Haydn's manuscripts ended up in Oslo, the discovery contains dozens of arrangements that were written toward the end of Haydn's life between 1803 and 1806. Haydn, an Austrian composer, is referred to as the “Father of the string quartet” because of his compositions. The arrangements recently found in Norway contain arrangements of Scottish and Welsh folk tunes. There are thought to be just two other sketches of Haydn's arrangements of Scottish folk tunes in existence - one in London and the other in Paris.
Haydn material is exceptionally rare, but you can choose between greats such as Verdi, Puccini and even Vagner in our composers section. Take a look.
Rabbie’s new £21m museum is ready for visitors reports eveningtimes.co.uk
A new museum, called the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns has been unveiled in Ayrshire.
The £21 million project – which showcases the life, loves and work of Scotland’s national bard – contains more than 5000 historical artifacts, original manuscripts and pieces of Burns memorabilia.
We’ve been lucky enough to handle a few Burns pieces at Fraser’s, including the remarkable ‘Burns Bible’, which was read by the great poet in the last days of his life. That item sold for £25,000 in 2010.
You can start your own poet’s collection today, choosing from icons such as Rudyard Kipling and William Wordsworth. Take a look.
Rare Gauguin work fails to sell
Gauguin’s ‘Nature Morte A L'Esperance’, believed to be a tribute to his volatile friendship with Vincent Van Gogh, has failed to sell at a London auction.
Bidders may not have wanted to shell out the several million it would take to buy such a work but you can pick up a classic artist piece for a tiny fraction of the price at Fraser’s Autographs. Just take a look at this rare handwritten poem from Vincent Van Gogh.
Salvador Dali achieves auction high
A bidder has paid a record £4.1 million for Dali’s 1926 painting, “Study for ‘Honey is Sweeter than Blood’”.
The telephone bidder paid £1.1m more than the pre-sale estimate for Salvador Dali’s painting, which was influenced by his friend, the poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. It was the first time that the item had gone to auction.
You can have your very own Dali piece for as little as £1250 from Fraser’s. Take a look.