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Steinway & Sons Louis XV Golden Piano


Steinway & Sons are probably the most illustrious piano manufacturers in the world. Piano players all over the world dream of owning a Steinway one day. One such piano from the annals of the company’s history is up for auction. The piano in question is a Steinway & Sons Louis XV mahogany piano that has been gilded with 24k gold. A golden piano! That seems like something out of a fairytale. This beautiful piano has been owned by several great men like the American poet William Stafford, a New York banker who kept it at his Plaza Hotel residence, Benjamin Sawtelle Hanchett , who owned the piano for almost 65 years. The last owner was Mark Fritz who owned it from 2004 till his death in 2012.

This particular piano was designed as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the company. It is a 1904 Model B piano with a serial number serial number 108815, and was designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany who was the head artist of Steinway’s Art Case Department. He also happened to be related to the founder of Tiffany & Company. It was then carved by Juan Ayuso from solid mahogany and covered with gold. Several other pianos were crafted for this special anniversary collection.

More than 80 years after it was made, Steinway’s Chairman, John H. Steinway had it restored in 1985 by renowned piano conservationist, Lloyd Meyer of Camilleri Pianoworks. The piano was in good hands as Camilleri has restored musical instruments of many artists and that of The Peabody Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music. This piano will be auctioned off by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers at their Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction being held on April 28 and April 29. The pre-auction estimate for this golden Steinway is around $200,000. One will have to wait and see if the auction surpasses this estimate.


Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Violins

World’s 1st £2 Million Gold, Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Violins


The world’s first 24-carat gold-plated violins, encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and ruby-encrusted skull scrolls have been unveiled in London

The bespoke instruments, valued at in excess of £2 million each, were crafted as a collaboration between electric instrument-maker Bridge and jewellery designer Theo Fennell


They will be played by electric violin pop group FUSE – featuring Linzi Stoppart and bandmate Ben Lee on their upcoming American and Asian tour

To balance the weight of the gold and jewels, the instrument were constructed from a special carbon and Kevlar blend – allowing them to be light enough to be played

The electric duo previously performed on the world’s first Swarovski Crystal violins – valued at $1.5 million each



Luxitune Skull Series

Swarovski Crystal, Gold Plated Violin Fine Tuner

Pavé Ball Iridescent-Rhodium Fine Tuner

Luxitune | Pavé Ball Iridescent/Rhodium Fine Tuner

Having already purchased a Luxitune Pave Ball Series fine tuner in 2012, I was interested to see how the new highly anticipated skull design would compare.

The Skull Series is not for the shy and retiring! Inspired by the high-fashion edgy designs of Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst, it’s definitely a head turning piece!

The main jeweled body is very well made, very sparkly and weighty but not in so much that it affects the sound in any way.

It was easy to install without any tools and I didn’t experience any buzzing. Being a professional musician this is always an important consideration.

If you want to be a little more discreet with your bling, I highly recommend the Luxitune Pave Ball fine tuner, but this is definitely a fun and unisexed addition to your violin  – especially for those wanting to channel their dark side!

Maxine Kwok-Adams
London Symphony Orchestra, 1st Violinist

Pavé Ball Cerulean-Gold Fine TunerPavé Ball Pink-Gold Fine Tuner

Luxitune Pave Ball Series fine tunerPavé Ball Iridescent-Gold Fine Tuner

Luxitune fine tuners are designed by Manhattan jewellery designer HyeJun Park and Metropolitan Opera violinist Katherine Fong. They are crafted from a Hill-style Wittner E string tuner and are constructed from genuine iridescent Swarovski crystals, rhodium and 14k gold plating.


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