Sunday, April 11

Elton Piano at Auction

A white 1910-era A-Day Birdcage upright piano used by Elton John and Bernie Taupin to write more than 100 songs, including "Your Song," "Tiny Dancer," and countless other classics. It is expected to sell for $300,000 or more. For the past two years, this historic piano has been displayed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. It was pictured on the American version of the "Empty Sky" album. John and Taupin autographed it when they gave it as gift of appreciation to a documentary photographer, Bryan Forbes, in 1972. The inscriptions read: "To Bryan and Nanette, Sarah and Emma with love, Elton John, May 31, 1972, original piano, lots of success with it." And, "Within this piano lays the ghost of a hundred songs. Take care of them, they love you. God Bless from the one who writes the words, Bernie Taupin."
Two decades later, John put another inscription on the face of the piano: "May 1991 - 19 years later. 3 children, 1 hysterectomy, 25 lawsuits, 1 marriage, 751 cats and countless boyfriends is free. Send you both my Love, Elton John."

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