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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One hundred and seventy-seven years ago, on March 31, 1837, an unusual concert took place in Paris, pitting the pianistic skills of the two leading virtuosos of the time, Franz Liszt and Sigismond Thalberg. The contest was adjudged a draw.
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1- Erard Grand Circa 1860s
2- Pleyel Concert Grand Circa 1870
3- Steinway Grand Model C 1884
4- Erard Salon Grand Circa 1900 with Gilt Bronzes of wreaths
5- Bechstein Concert Grand Circa 1910
6- Erard Salon Grand 210 cm Circa 1910
7- Scheidmayer Grand Circa 1910
8- Pleyel Square Circa 1830s
9- Pianino Pleyel Circa 1830s
10- Square Pianoforte made by Puhlmann London Circa 1788
11- Square Piano made by Broadwood Circa 1795
12- Square piano made by Erard Freres Circa 1792
13- Square Piano made by Steinway circa 1875
14- Pianino made by Kulerich Paris with brass decore Circa 1870
15- Pianino made by Brinsmead and sons Painted case London Circa 1860
16- Harp circa 1775 Attributed to Nadermann Paris
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