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Purple piano played by Prince may fetch USD 50k at auction

Press Trust of India  |  Boston 

An purple coloured - which was personally played by American - is expected to fetch over USD 50,000 at an in the US.

The was originally picked up by the touring crew of the band 'Earth, Wind & Fire' around 1978, and was delivered to the home in where was living at the time.

It was a gift specifically for Prince, and was his favourite to play because he loved the distinctive ring-like sound it made when he played it, according to the US-based RR

It was in that most frequently played this piano.

"He would wake up in the middle of the night, saying that God dropped songs on him that needed to be played then and there, no matter what," according to the online house.

The piano was painted pink when the consignor moved to in the early 1990s, around the same time that Prince opened the 'Glam Slam' club. The piano was subsequently painted purple to match new decor.

Though best known as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Prince was also an - it was the first instrument he learned to play, taking after his father who was a in a jazz band.

In Prince's final concert series, the 'Piano & A Microphone Tour' of 2016, he reinterpreted his band-backed electric hits in an intimate setting as a

The bidding for the piano will close on February 15.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 14:05 IST