A handwritten page of sheet music from Beethoven's King Stephen has sold for $120,000 at Butterscotch Auction Gallery in New York.
The lot, which dates to 1810, was discovered during a house valuation in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Appraiser Brendan Ryan explained to the Greenwich Time: "When I saw it, I knew what it was. I'd seen his handwriting before.
"I've been in a lot of homes and seen hundreds of things, but this will be one of the most memorable moments of my career.
"I called my wife when I got into my car, I think I was bouncing off the walls."
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