Many musical instruments are in daily use nowadays and they have their own strengths and weaknesses, however, the piano is known as the oldest and most used musical instrument. While it is a relatively tranquil to the ears,understanding to play the piano is a different task altogether. It takes many pains and a great amount of practice and skill to become inexpert pianist.
Here is a list of the ten most expensive pianos in the world:
10. “Red Pops for (RED)” Parlor Grand Piano-$1.925 Million
In 2013 U2’s frontman Bono took the initiative to build this piano with the help of Sir Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson. The money that was raised was used for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,Tuberculosis and Malaria in Africa.
9. John Lennon’s Steinway & Sons Model Z
This famous piano was used by John Lennon to compose his signature track, “Imagine”, and it was on fire in 2009. The piano, which Lennon purchased for just £1,500 ($2,456) in 1970 as a gift to his wife, was eventually won by another British pop star, George Michael, for £1.45 million ($2.37 million). The piano Model Z is currently present at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool for public display.
8. Galaxy Piano
Sold at $1.36 million, Galaxy Piano is built by a United Arab Emirates-based firm with the same name. Using internal parts ordered directly from Germany, the Galaxy Piano features 24-carat gold plated fiberglass body, automatic lid (cover), curved keys (the only one in the world) and gold-plated embedded figurines. Special flight cases are also constructed for the pianos, owing to the fact that most of its customers are based out of the country. Interestingly, the company is currently standing as a luxury item provider, instead of a musical instrument seller.
7. Alma-Tadema Steinway
This piano is not just a musical instrument; it can be best labeled 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. Restoration of the same was done by Steinway and sons almost a century later. The nomadic 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 whopping 1.2 million USD, making it to our list of the most expensive pianos ever. The original piano bore a serial number of $54,538.
6. The Kuhn Bösendorfer Piano
Costing almost $1.2 million USD, the piano was constructed by piano makers L. BösendorferKlavierfabrik GmbH of Vienna, Austria and John Kuhn, a widely acclaimed sculptor who worked on cold glass. The piano measures 7’4” and the bench is ornamented with about 100,000 hand-cut glasses which are refined 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 of the owner will be written.
5. Marilyn Monroe’s Baby Grand Piano
In her 1974 posthumous memoirs, 60’s sex icon Marilyn Monroe described how she tracked down the piano which had been sold years earlier after her mother Gladys, the owner of the piano, was admitted to the Norwalk State Hospital following ananxious breakdown.
The baby grand of an unknown manufacturer was listed for sale in a Christie’s auction in 1999 along with other Monroe memorabilia. In a high profile auction, pop star Mariah Carey materialized the champion with a winning bid of $662,500.
4. The Casablanca Piano
This famous piano was shown in the movie, Casablanca. The piano was built by Richardson’s Inc. and holds an abundance of sentimental value to the Casablanca fans. It is also one of the most classical pianos in the world.
3. Crystal Piano
This crystal grand piano by Heintzman was auctioned and purchased by a private bidder for $3.22 million! The piano was played by renowned pianist Lang Lang during the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.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.More than that, the piano simply has no equal in its facility to convey the range of human emotions, as evidenced by some of the greatest musical compositions in history. Works such as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor Op. 23 No. 5, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101, and PyotrIlyich Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, are monumental pieces of music that can be neither fully appreciated nor experienced using any other musical instruments.
2. La Mort du Cygne, Erard
SébastienÉrard, born Sebastian Erhard, was a French instrument maker of German origin who focused on the manufacturing of pianos and harps, developing the capabilities of both instruments and pioneering the modern piano. La mort du cygne, means “the death of the swan”.Érard was the first maker in Paris to fit pedals on the piano, and his instrument had several pedals. There was the usual sustaining pedal, an action shift, a celeste, and a bassoon pedal. A knee lever moved the action further than the action-shift pedal, making the hammers strike only one string. Other Érard piano charters deal mainly with technicalities of the keyboard action, soundboard, and tuning mechanism; virtually all of these innovations are retained in modern piano design and we can also assume that it is one of the most costly pianos in the world.
1. Fazioli Brunei
Constructed by pianist and mechanical engineer Paolo Fazioli 32 years ago, Italian-based FazioliPianoforti is one of the most appreciated handmade piano manufacturers in the world. Paolo gathered a team of experts, which included experts in the fields of wood technology and musical acoustics, to create pianos that have since been used in many of the most celebrated concert halls on the planet. Fazioli’sthis great achievement thus far comes in the form of the Fazioli Concert Grand Brunei, an exquisite 10 ft. 2 in masterpiece that can be yours for as little as $400,000 It is titled as the most beautiful piano in the world.