Belfast Telegraph

Sting can stand losing his Steinway grand piano - for £30,000

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 set at £30,000 for the 1853 Steinway and Sons 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 £350,00), 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.

Picasso's Visage aux grands jeux is a relative bargain for art collectors, estimated at £1,200.

Post-war art and pieces from young contemporary artists, specially commissioned for the staircase at the couple's former home, will also be part of the sale.

Sting and Trudie, who have been married for 23 years and have four children, are creating a new home in the Battersea power station development.

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