ELTON JOHN: Two Pianos Fetch More Than $160,000
He recorded “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and his version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” on the instruments that were sold.
Two pianos famously used by Elton John during the mid-’70s, have sold for a combined $162,000.
Denver’s KUSA-TV says the Steinway piano on which Elton recorded “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and his version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” went for $110,500 at Saturday’s auction of the contents of Caribou, the one-time Colorado mountain studio favored during the ’70s by Elton, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Joe Walsh and The Beach Boys.
A William Knabe baby grand on which Elton wrote “Philadelphia Freedom” fetched $52,500 at the same sale.
Another notable item, a bed once used by President Grover Cleveland, and also by Caribou Ranch visitors such as Elton, Jerry Lee Lewis and Michael Jackson, fetched $11,250.
Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which will induct Caribou Ranch (which operated from 1972 – ’85) this spring.