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Lot 0543
This is the legendary wooden upright piano from the iconic Motown recording studio. This instrument was used in songwriting and rehearsal sessions by many of the era's greatest musicians: Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and David Ruffin, to name but a few. It is believed to be featured on multiple recordings, one of the most famous being Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." The song, written by Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson (of the Four Tops), and Al Cleveland, was inspired by the return of Gaye's brother from the Vietnam War. The single reached #2 on the pop charts in 1971. The What's Going On album went on to reach #6 on the U.S. charts, and remained on the charts for an astonishing 53 weeks.

This lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Attorney Gregory Reed, who represented the families and estates of various individuals connected with Motown. Attorney Reed's letter states that this piano had previously been in the possession of Mr. Ernest Kelly, a former employee of Motown Record Company. From Kelly, it passed to Reed, then was sold by Guernsey's October 12, 2002, as lot 214 in the Rock and Roll Memorabilia Auction to the current consigner.

FOB New Hampshire.

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Piano from Motown Records recording studios

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000Jul 26, 2018
New York, NY, USA