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Mozart manuscript fails to sell; $200,000 bid was expected

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/9/2017
This undated photo released by RR Auction shows one page of a handwritten musical score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the third movement, "Allegro," of his Serenade in D Major, circa 1773. The manuscript, written on both sides of a single sheet, is set to be auctioned Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Sarina Carlos/RR Auction via AP) © The Associated Press This undated photo released by RR Auction shows one page of a handwritten musical score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the third movement, "Allegro," of his Serenade in D Major, circa 1773. The manuscript, written on both sides of a single sheet, is set to be auctioned Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Sarina Carlos/RR Auction via AP)

BOSTON (AP) — A fragment from a Mozart manuscript for the third movement of his Serenade in D Major has failed to sell at a Boston auction.

This undated photo released by RR Auction shows one page of a handwritten musical score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the third movement, "Allegro," of his Serenade in D Major, circa 1773. The manuscript, written on both sides of a single sheet, is set to be auctioned Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Sarina Carlos/RR Auction via AP) © The Associated Press This undated photo released by RR Auction shows one page of a handwritten musical score by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for the third movement, "Allegro," of his Serenade in D Major, circa 1773. The manuscript, written on both sides of a single sheet, is set to be auctioned Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Sarina Carlos/RR Auction via AP)

It had been expected to sell Wednesday for more than $200,000.

The one-page handwritten "Allegro" musical manuscript is unsigned and has no date but is from around 1773.

Auction house RR Auction says it's also known as "Antretter." The auction house says it contains 13 precisely penned measures in an eight-staff system, scored for an orchestra of two oboes, two horns, strings and a solo violin.

Auction house executive vice president Robert Livingston says the music "shows off the virtuosity of the solo violinist" and likely was written to be played by Mozart himself.

It's believed Mozart was 17 when he composed the serenade to celebrate a family friend's university graduation.

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