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This is an undated sketch of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven was born in Bonn on Dec. 17, 1770 and died in Vienna on March 26, 1827. (AP Photo)

An expert who said a Beethoven score worth $330K was fake tried to buy it later for $1,275


The score for for a handwritten score of Beethoven's "Allegreto in B Minor" was up for auction at Sotheby's on Friday for a  whopping $338,500, reports The Vancouver Sun

That is, until two experts claimed that differences in the musical notation proved that the score could not have been handwritten. With its legitimacy called into question, the score didn't sell. 

But that didn't stop Michael Ladenburger, one of the two experts in question, from trying to purchase the score later for just $1,275. 

Michael Ladenburger is the head of the Beethoven-Haus museum located in Bonn, and was accused of a breach in academic ethics. 

When asked to explain himself, Ladenburger said, “I ignore the accusation of the owner, because I am well-known as a serious and independent expert. The accusation is simply unfair and not applicable.”

Beethoven ‐ Allegretto for Piano in B minor, WoO 61

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