After having been handed down by the family of the famous composer's shoemaker since the 18th century, an auction house in Vienna has sold a shoe buckle of the late Austrian musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for €12,500 ($14,500).
The selling price was significantly higher than the estimated value that ranged between €2,000 and €4,000, set by the Dorotheum Auction House.
The buyer wished to stay anonymous, a Dorotheum spokeswoman told DPA.
The anonymous buyer is supposed to receive the metal buckle, along with a handwritten letter, confirming the authenticity of the piece.
In the letter, Marie Buehn wrote that the shoe buckle had been passed down for generations, starting by her great-grandfather Matthias Knoller, the shoe maker who made Mozart’s shoes in Vienna.