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Prince’s favourite purple piano may fetch $50,000 at auction

A purple coloured piano, on which American musician Prince used to play, is expected to fetch over USD 50,000 at an auction in the US.

art and culture Updated: Feb 12, 2018 11:40 IST
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It was a gift specifically for Prince, and was his favourite piano to play because he loved the distinctive ring-like sound it made. (Youtube.com)

A purple coloured piano — which was personally played by American musician Prince — is expected to fetch over USD 50,000 at an auction in the US. The piano was originally picked up by the touring crew of the band Earth, Wind & Fire around 1978, and was delivered to the home in Los Angeles where Prince was living at the time.

It was a gift specifically for Prince, and was his favourite piano to play because he loved the distinctive ring-like sound it made when he played it, according to the US-based RR Auction. It was in Los Angeles that Prince most frequently played this piano.

“He would wake up in the middle of the night, saying that God dropped songs on him that needed to be played then and there, no matter what,” according to the online auction house.

The piano was painted pink when the consignor moved to Miami in the early 1990s, around the same time that Prince opened the Glam Slam club. The piano was subsequently painted purple to match the new decor. Though best known as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Prince was also an accomplished pianist — it was the first instrument he learned to play, taking after his father who was a piano player in a jazz band.

In Prince’s final concert series, the Piano & A Microphone Tour of 2016, he reinterpreted his band-backed electric hits in an intimate setting as a solo pianist. The bidding for the piano will close on February 15.

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First Published: Feb 12, 2018 11:39 IST