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13 June 2013, 10:04
British-Australian pianist Stephen Hough sold his piano via The Piano Auctions Company on 13 June.
Writing in his Telegraph blog, the pianist revealed that the 5 foot 8 inch Blüthner piano dating from approximately 1922 would be going under the hammer on June 13th at midday. He described the instrument as having "ivory keys and a golden tone".
It was listed with an estimated value of £3,000 - £4,000, but sold for £5,200.
As an enthusiastic piano auction attendee in the past, Hough also said that he once managed to buy a square piano "to use as a table for painting."
Other pianos in the sale ranged from a upright Schiedmayer from 1908 for £500 to a 9ft Steinway grand piano with rosewood case and matching stool with an estimate of £30,000 - £40,000.
Regarding the sale of his own piano, Hough added: "I'm hoping that there are no spiders, alive or dead, hidden under the dampers of my piano as the hammer goes down."
Check the Piano Auctions Company website to see the results of all the auctions.