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Lennon Piano To Be Auctioned

LONDON (AP) - The piano John Lennon kept in his New York apartment just before his death is going on sale. The ebony Steinway is expected to fetch between $1.35 million to $1.65 million, auctioneers said Sunday. Lennon bought the piano in 1979, and it remained at his home in Manhattan's Dakota building until his widow Yoko Ono gave it away as part of an album promotion in 1984, four years after the former Beatle's death in December 1980. It is to go on sale March 27 as part of an auction at London's Hard Rock Cafe, organized by Mick Fleetwood of the band Fleetwood Mac and auctioneer Ted Owen. Bids will also be accepted online. Singer George Michael paid $2.1 million for another Lennon piano last year, and has said he plans to give it to Liverpool's Beatles museum. Also on the block in the auction will be Lennon's 1970 white Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine. Lennon sold the car, complete with black velvet upholstery, to fellow Beatle George Harrison when he moved from Britain to New York, and Harrison sold it to Mary Wilson of the Supremes in 1975. The limo, one of only 428 of its kind, is expected to sell for $600,000 to $750,000.
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