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Sting's 30 grand piano is part of big clear-out

By Helen Pye

A Steinway grand piano belonging to Sting has gone on display ahead of an auction of more than 200 lots from the art collection at his former family home.

Fans with a desire to tickle the same ivories as the 16-time Grammy award-winner will need deep pockets, with an estimate of £30,000 for the 1853 instrument that took pride of place in the family's music room at Queen Anne's Gate in London.

A collection of pieces from Sting and Trudie Styler's former residence will be offered at Christie's on February 24, led by British artist Ben Nicholson's March 55 (amethyst), estimated to fetch £350,000 to £500,000.

Prominent among the works are Henri Matisse's Jazz portfolio (£250,000 to £350,000), Pablo Picasso's lithograph Le Corsage a Carreaux (£30,000 to £50,000) and drawings and prints by Gustav Klimt, Rene Magritte and Carsten Holler.

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