John Lennon legendary upright piano at Sothebys auction


"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"

John Broadwood and Sons cottage upright piano, circa 1872, numbered on the wooden frame 41142. Ornate ebonised case with incised gilt lining and keyboard supported by two fluted columns, the front with ornate fretwork panel backed by scarlet cloth, a pair of brass candle holders to the sides. Later brass plaque to side as installed by Lennon.

John Broadwood and Sons was founded in 1728 and holds a Royal warrant for the manufacture of pianos beginning with King George II. Mozart, Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Liszt are all known to have used the firm's instruments.