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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Composer's Love Letters

LONDON () -- Intimate love letters from Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov to a young woman journalist are expected to sell for more than ?17,000 ($29,000) when they are put up for auction, London firm Sotheby's said Monday.

The letters to Marietta Shaginyan, a journalist who later published a poetry anthology, date from 1912 to 1917. They reveal a tender side to Rachmaninov, composer of supremely romantic music but personally an aloof figure.

"Rachmaninov wrote very few letters -- they are very rare," said Simon Maguire, an expert on musical manuscripts at auctioneers Sotheby's.

"The letters are remarkable because they tell you a great deal about his lack of self-confidence," he said.