Well, there are two (though probably more) other pianos for sale at present with million dollar (plus) price tags. These two are Steinways, built at the beginning of the twentieth century and extensively renovated. Both are marketed with “personality” titles/tags.
The Steinway Art Grand Piano
This is a stunning 7’, 1905 Model B, officially described as ivoryized, with a dull finish, special lacquer hardware, with inlaid marquetry.
The piano was originally built for a Washington physician, then sold to a Moroccan Sheik. In the 1970s it was purchased by Frank Lloyd Wright for his third wife. Master piano restorer Glen Brown, bought the instrument in 1997, and, with the aid of his son, spent 17 years restoring this remarkable instrument. This may seem a long time, until you consider the instrument is decorated with over 3,000 pieces of inlaid marquetry portraying musical instruments of the renaissance—just one element of the restoration.
Further details of the instrument can be found on a special Art Grand website set up to publicise the instrument. The asking price: 5.5 million USD.
A Prussian Prince’s Love Piano
Built in 1900, this attractive 6’ 1” Model A was built in Steinway’s Hamburg factory in 1900. The case is hand painted with Vernis Martin style images depicting pastoral and romantic scenes. Vernis Martin is a type of japanning or imitation lacquering named after the French Martin brothers.
The piano is thought to have originally been sold to a Prussian prince living in La Tour de Peliz, Switzerland. The prince supposedly commissioned the decoration of the instrument with the series of love scenes.
The instrument was sold at Sotheby’s in 1920, and remained in England until 1960. It was then shipped to New York as a wedding gift. This piano too required extensive renovation, which was painstakingly undertaken in Long Island, NY. The rebuild took over a year.
More details can be found at Sonny’s Luxury Art Case Pianos.
The asking price: 1 million USD (the Long Island Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will receive a donation amounting to 10% of the sale price)
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