Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • ‘European GPS’ satellites launched into wrong orbit

    Read more

  • Merkel in Kiev as aid convoy ‘returns to Russia’

    Read more

  • Suicide bomber targets Iraq intelligence HQ in deadly attack

    Read more

  • Video: Israel bombs kidnapping suspect’s home

    Read more

  • US brands journalist’s beheading a ‘terrorist attack’

    Read more

  • Ebola prompts Philippines to recall UN troops in Liberia

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • US sued over ‘deportation mill’ in New Mexico

    Read more

  • Colombian army and FARC rebels begin work on ceasefire

    Read more

  • US National Guard starts to pull out of embattled Ferguson

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • US job market yet to recover from recession, says Fed Chair

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Europe

Piano played by the Beatles up for auction

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-03

A battered upright piano played by the Beatles and Pink Floyd will be up for sale as part of a memorabilia auction in Chichester, southern England on August 15. The instrument's history is expected to push its sale price up to 235,000 US dollars.

REUTERS - An upright piano set for auction this month may not look much but it hides an impressive musical history, played by the Beatles and Pink Floyd which is expected to scale its price up to 150,000 pounds (US$235,000).

The Challen upright piano from Abbey Road studios in north London is one of the highlights of auction house Bonhams’ Pioneers of Popular Culture 1940-1990 sale being held on Aug. 15.

The instrument is featured on several Beatles’ songs including “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Paperback Writer,” according to the auctioneer.

The piano was originally located in Studio Three at Abbey Road until it was retired in the 1980s. It is also believed to have been used by Pink Floyd on a number of recordings, including the “Wish You Were Here” and “Dark Side of the Moon” albums.

Abbey Road became synonymous with the Beatles who recorded almost all their albums and singles there between 1962 and 1970. Pink Floyd used the studios for their late 1960s and mid-1970s albums.

“This particular piano was bought in 1964 for the studio for the sum of 250 pounds,” Bonhams’ consultant Stephen Maycock told Reuters Television.

“It was used exclusively in Studio Three through the ‘70s and into the ‘80s so The Beatles used it in the ‘60s, Pink Floyd probably used it when they recorded it at Abbey Road and probably many other artists also.”

Maycock said it was impossible to know exactly what tracks were recorded using this piano.

“But with this particular piano with the Beatles there’s been such an amazing amount of research that we can actually identify particular tracks it was used on,” he said.

Other highlights of the Aug. 15 sale include a three-strand simulated pearl necklace formerly owned by Jackie Kennedy Onassis which she wore during the early 1960s, some items from the estate of British actor Stewart Granger, and an original Westminster Carnaby Street road sign.
 

Date created : 2010-08-03

  • ENTERTAINMENT

    Gibson’s vicious tirade imperils an already fading career

    Read more

  • ENTERTAINMENT

    The mascara runs after Lohan gets slapped with time in jail

    Read more

  • ENTERTAINMENT

    Groundbreaker actress and singer Lena Horne dies aged 92

    Read more

COMMENT(S)