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Friday
Jun102011

Lady Gaga Auctioning Autographed Piano for Charity

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- In May, Lady Gaga performed at a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City. 

Now, she's auctioning off the piano she played at that event for a very special cause.

The Steinway Baby Grand piano, which is personally autographed by Gaga and has an estimated value of $60,000, is up for grabs at CharityBuzz.com.  All proceeds will go to Ten O'Clock Classics, which provides private music lessons and instruments free of charge to New York City schoolkids, and also encourages kids to study classical music.

In 2009, Billy Joel auctioned off one of his pianos to benefit the same organization.

The auction closes June 15.  As of early Friday morning, bidding on Gaga's piano had reached $27,505.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

McCartney's "Yesterday" Piano Up for Auction

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A 1926 mini-piano that Paul McCartney used to compose the Beatles classic "Yesterday" is heading to the auction block.

The Sun is reporting that the piano belonged to British singer Alma Cogan and that McCartney came to her home and played the song, using the famous "placeholder" lyrics that he initially came up with: "Scrambled eggs/Oh, my baby how I love your legs."  He went to Cogan's home after dreaming about the song and played it for her, because he thought he might have stolen it from another artist.  Cogan told him as far as she knew, it was original.

The piano has also been played by Mick Jagger and John Lennon, and actors Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

Cogan's sister, Sandra Caron, is auctioning off the piano, which is expected to fetch just over $203,000. 

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