Steinway & Sons are probably the most illustrious Piano manufacturers in the world.
Piano players all over the world dream of owning a Steinway one day. One such piano from the annals of the company’s history is up for auction. The piano in question is a Steinway & Sons Louis XV mahogany piano that has been gilded with 24k gold. A golden piano! That seems like something out of a fairytale. This beautiful piano has been owned by several great men like the American poet William Stafford, a New York banker who kept it at his Plaza Hotel residence, Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett , who owned the piano for almost 65 years. The last owner was Mark Fritz who owned it from 2004 till his death in 2012.
This particular piano was designed as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the company. It is a 1904 Model B piano with a serial number serial number 108815, and was designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany who was the head artist of Steinway’s Art Case Department. He also happened to be related to the founder of Tiffany & Company. It was then carved by Juan Ayuso from solid mahogany and covered with gold. Several other pianos were crafted for this special anniversary collection.
Piano was estimated to be sold at Auction in United States at an amazing yet not so far fetched price of 200 000 USD.
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Fabulous and rare Art Cased upright piano made by Pleyel Paris serial number 63551 made in the year 1888 Louis XIV style.
This is the second piano we have come across using the rare Amaranth wood or purple heart wood.
This wood was highly sought after being used in most smaller musical instruments such as guitars.
H. Roloff Upright piano serial number 499 - Circa 1840s
This upright piano was built by Heinrich Roloff circa 1840s serial number 499. Because of its shape and the opening by the pedals, it is usually referred to as a “dog kennel” upright. The factory was in Neubrandenburg, Germany. We know of a few similar Roloff Dog Kennel pianos. One, with serial number 361, is in Frankfurt, Germany in the Bezirksmuseum. The other, with serial number 1167, is in Bydgoszcz, Poland at the Filharmonia Pomorska.
The Erard archives records this piano as:
cabinet, subsequently sold Christie's, London, 17 March 2011, lot 409 (£623,650)...