Jim Irsay, the owner of the renowned Indianapolis Colts, has added a historic piece of musical equipment to his sprawling personal collection. We’re talking about a 1972 Steinway Model D Grand Piano owned by Sir Elton John that the American businessman purchased for a cool $915,000. Yes, that’s right!
The instrument was used on tour from 1974 to 1993 and is signed by Elton, with the inscription that reads – “Enjoy this as much as I have, Elton John” on the frame. It was offered on sale by Heritage Auctions on Saturday. Confirming his purchase, Irsay took to Twitter to say, “Elton’s piano. Just added to the collection.”
In addition to this, the businessman owns guitars previously used by Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Prince. He also has handwritten lyrics to “With God on Our Side” from Bob Dylan, a drum head used and signed by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the piano used by Lennon to compose songs for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band,” a drum kit from the Beatles’ Ringo Starr, a tomato soup wrapper signed by Andy Warhol and the script from the movie “Jerry Maguire.”
Remarking on his collection, Irsay said, “When I started this collection, my goal was to preserve important pieces of American and world history so we could protect them and share them with future generations. Whether an instrument, an original manuscript, or another piece of Americana, these items continue to be a source of inspiration and joy for so many. I am only a steward, so I want to make sure people from all walks of life are able to experience and learn from this array of artifacts.” Hats off to that!
[Via: Fox 59]