“Remember that Elgar score you have with the composer’s original markings? Yeah, it’s hot and the police may want to have a word with you.”
The 7/11/2018 edition of classicfm.com published an article by Maddy Shaw Roberts that reports on what started off as an Antiques Roadshow classical music find turned out to be more enlightening than the woman bargained for.
The whole article is worth a ready but here are the highlights:
- Woman brings score of Elgar’s Enigma Variations in to the show for review.
- Show specialist raves about it and estimates a value in the $100,000 – $130,000.
- The woman reportedly contacted Christie’s auction house to sell the score.
- The Elgar Foundation got wind of the show and it just so happens one of their scores that looked just like the one in the program went missing in 1994.
- It turns out the woman’s late husband was an Elgar enthusiast and just so happened to work at a firm of solicitors with a former board officer of the Elgar Foundation.
- While the board member and the woman’s husband are both deceased, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to find that trail of clues.
- Unsurprisingly, the foundation wants the score back and is threatening legal action.
Other than the obvious, lessons learned here include leaving your loved ones a note that the valuable original score you cherished was pinched so, you know, none of them should go on television to get it appraised.