If you have some extra cash lying around, and you’re a huge Beatles fan, you may want to consider getting yourself the same piano that John Lennon used to write “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life,” as it will soon be on the auction block.
According to the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction site, the iconic piece of music history will be sold on April 10, where it may reel in anywhere from $800,000 to $1.2 million. The John Broadwood and Sons design piano has a gothic-style black-and-red exterior, and it was built in 1872. It is believed to have been with John starting in 1966. According to the site, it is said to have been the musician’s favorite piano, but he sold it in 1968 amid his divorce from his first wife, Cynthia Lennon.
A plaque accompanying the piano verifies that it belonged to the legendary British music star, as it reads, “On this piano was written: ‘A Day in the Life,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,’ ‘Good Morning, Good Morning,’ ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite,’ and many others. John Lennon 1971.” The online-only auction will wrap up on April 19, and a minimum bid of $575,000 is needed if you’re interested.
This isn’t the only piano that has found itself in someone else’s hand after John used it — in 2000, the Steinway upright on which he wrote the classic song “Imagine” was auctioned off to late singer George Michael for $2.1 million.
“I find it very emotional when I listen to it now,” the 76-year-old said in a statement. He added, “‘With ‘Dear Friend,’ that’s sort of me talking to John after we’d had all the sort of disputes about The Beatles break up. I’m trying to say to John, ‘Look, it’s all cool. Have a glass to wine. Let’s be cool.’”
John passed away in 1980 at the age of 40.