Unique Item of the Week... the $60k Russian Grand Piano



2015-06-26 11:53:43

Unique Item of the Week... the $60k Russian Grand Piano

A magnificent Italian pastoral scene can be found beneath the lid of this very unique instrument...

This one-of-a-kind instrument would turn heads in any concert hall, and realised five figures after appearing for sale in the US.

Underneaththis is a regular 5' 7" baby grand piano - but its outer Russian malachite decorations and bronze surmounts make it our Unique Item of the Week.

The Louise XVI-style American Steinway and Sons features an inlaid malachite treble clef on its lid.

 This Steinway and Sons piano sold for $60,000

What's more, anyone who attempts to tune it will be surprised bya classical and intricate hand painted Italian pastoral scene.

But this historic instrument isn't just pretty to look at. Itspiano mechanismwas restored by a retired Steinway master craftsman, leading to its condition being billed as "better than new" when it sold.

It realised a final hammer price of $60k at Great Gatsby Antiques and Auctionsin Atlanta, US, in 2005.

Image: LiveAuctioneers

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