One of Liberace’s pianos heads to auction
Liberace personally played to 25 million fans during his 40-year career and during this time he built up a mammoth collection of pianos. One of them, a Conover pompadour model, will be auctioned by Britannia Piano Auctions in Manchester on 12th September.
With a guide price of £10,000 to £15,000, the piano, recently restored by Forsyths of Manchester, is in cream and gilt and was used by the entertainer at his Las Vegas home. The lot also includes documentation of authenticity from The Liberace Foundation.
In December 2012, The Mover reported that the same piano was transported from Cheshire to Conway Hall in London for auction by Piano Auctions Limited. Of it, Lance Green of G&R Removals commented:
“From a moving point of view, the piano luckily can be dismantled… Even so it weighs like a grand piano and was quite a challenge to move… Quite bizarrely it ended up less than ten miles from where we collected it from. It was bought by a Liberace fan in the Manchester area. He managed to secure the purchase ahead of the Chinese and French buyers who were very keen, but he was very determined! There’s just no accounting for taste is there?”
One of Liberace’s favourite sayings was: “I cried all the way to the bank”. Now, the seller of this piano will be able to do just the same.
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