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Mozart's Shoe Buckle Sold for more than $14,000

Mozart's Shoe Buckle Sold for more than $14,000

Thursday, 2 November, 2017 - 05:30
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), one of the most important composers in the Western musical tradition, circa 1775. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

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.

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