Worn out piano played by Beatles expected to fetch $230,000 at Bonhams


Anything the Beatles touched turned to gold. Even today, nearly decades after the band broke up, the band’s Midas touch remains intact. A battered piano for instance that was once used by the Beatles is now expected to fetch £150,000 ($229,592) at Bonhams auction. The piano in its glory days was played by the Beatles on some of their most famous tracks, including Paperback Writer, Tomorrow Never Knows, Old Brown Shoe and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da when they recorded at Abbey Road Studios in North-West London. The piano retired from its services to the studio in 1980 and was purchased by the current owner, who sells it at a Bonhams auction at Goodwood in West Sussex on August 15. Made of teak, the piano boasts of a third ‘tack’ effects pedal used by Lennon and McCartney to shorten the notes.

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The piano was situated in Studio III and was also used by another band, including Pink Floyd, who recorded at this studio. Accompanying the piano at this sale are copies of The Beatles Book magazine, including photographs of Paul McCartney at the piano. The most striking image is that of Paul McCartney playing the piano while John Lennon, George Harrison, and Beatles producer George Martin stand around it.
The worn out piano that bears coffee stains and cigarette burns and is in dire need of tuning is sure to attract several bids from Beatles fans across the globe.
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