Other than just art pieces, musical instruments have been equally cherished amongst collectors for their intrinsic, and monetary value. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, known for their auctioning of fine art pieces, will be putting a Steinway & Sons Louis XV mahogany piano up for auction, which has been laden with 24K gold. Pre-auction estimates peg the price of the instrument at about $200,000, and will have details of it’s illustrious line of previous owners like William Stafford, Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett, who kept it for 65 years, followed by George Michalski, and Mark Fritz. In fact, the piano remained with Mark Fritz will his death in 2004.
This Model B piano, dates back to 1904, when it was designed for the commemoration of the company 50th anniversary. Joseph Burr Tiffany has assigned his team members, the task of creating several gilt-wood pianos. Serial Numbered 108815, was designed by Joseph Tiffany himself, following which the carving was done by Juan Ayuso from solid mahogany, and then plated with 24 carat gold.