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Beethoven's Ninth Manuscript Sells for $3.5 Million

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Beethoven's Ninth Manuscript Sells for $3.5 Million

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Beethoven's Ninth Manuscript Sells for $3.5 Million

Beethoven's Ninth Manuscript Sells for $3.5 Million

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An original, annotated manuscript of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony fetches $3.5 million in a Sotheby's auction. NPR's Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr looks at the place that this symphony, with its "Ode to Joy," holds in Western culture.