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Most Expensive Pianos in the World

Ray Arnab / August 30, 2013

The word Piano has its roots in the Italian word Pianoforte, which is again a shortened form of gravicembalo col piano e forte. The word roughly translated means “soft” and “strong” that in turn refers to the sound volume and variations produced by the instrument when played. The piano is played by means of a keyboard, and the keys are made in black and white from a variety of materials. There are a number of varieties of Pianos, and most of them are not portable. The sound produced by the piano is due to the hammer hitting the steel strings inside the instrument. Pianos can be extremely expensive due to a number of reasons. Here is a list of some of the most expensive pianos across the world.

6. Fazioli Brunei

This concert grand piano is worth $400,000 USD, and is presently the most expensive concert grand piano in the world. The Fazio Brunei is a ten foot long grand concert piano that is decorated with flowers in mother of pearls. The piano is also adorned with semi-precious stones of different varieties. Considered to be one of the best Piano manufacturers, Fazioli has also specially tuned it by sound managers to produce a deeper bass and mellower signature sound.

 

 5Marilyn Monroe’s Piano

The white lacquered baby grand piano was one of the most loved and prized possession of the Hollywood Diva Marilyn Monroe. She loved the piano extremely and it actually belonged to her mother Gladys. The piano was bought for a astounding $662,500 USD by the singing siren Mariah Carey. The piano has also been mentioned and fondly spoken of in Marilyn’s autobiography.

 

 4. Alma-Tadema Steinway

This piano is not just a musical instrument; it can be best described as a work of art. It is one of the most beautifully and artfully decorated musical instrument. The work of art was designed by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema in 1887. Recreation of the same was done by Steinway and sons almost a century later. The wandering minstrels were topped with arched brass lyre, mother of pearl laid inlaid pieces, and intricately hand-carved case, legs and lid. It was sold for a deserving 1.2 million USD, making it one of the most expensive pianos ever. The original piano bore a serial number of $54,538.

 

 3.The Kuhn Bösendorfer Piano

The piano is a modern day work of art, resulting from the collaboration between piano makers L. Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik GmbH of Vienna, Austria and John Kuhn, a widely acclaimed cold glass sculptor.  The 7’4” black piano and the bench is decorated with about 100,000 hand-cut glasses which are polished like jewels. Arranged in diamond patterns the glasses give a rich and elegant look and in gold leaf embedded deep within a crystal fallboard logo the name if the owner will be written. The piano is priced at $1.2 million USD.

 

 2. John Lennon’s Steinway Model Z

The Model Z piano was built by Steinway and Sons. Though a fairly ordinary upright piano made from ordinary walnut, the piano attained stardom as John Lennon used the piano to compose and film one of his immortal classic “Imagine.” The piano bears cigarette burns due to the singer’s smoking habit, and that possibly adds to the value. The piano was bought by British Superstar George Michael for a astronomical $2.1 million USD. Surely this piano is a landmark in musical world.

 

 1. Heintzman Piano

The nine foot Heintzman Piano was sold to an anonymous bidder for a $3.22 million USD, making it most expensive piano on earth. The piano is made from crystal and has futuristic styling and looks.

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