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The upright piano: the original home entertainment center

A circa-1800 satinwood and mahogany upright square piano by Irish artisan William Southwell achieved £16,000 (about $18,200) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2016. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers

A circa-1800 satinwood and mahogany upright square piano by Irish artisan William Southwell achieved £16,000 (about $18,200) plus the buyer’s premium in May 2016. Image courtesy of Dreweatts Donnington Priory and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – The upright piano was the original home entertainment center. Before the rise of the television, the hi-fi stereo and the radio, family and friends gathered around a piano to while the evening away. The upright, or vertical design, which arrived in the early 1800s, effectively democratized the piano; it was more compact and less expensive than a grand piano, the case for which concealed a horizontally-oriented arrangement of strings that demanded far more floor space than most middle-class people could provide in their homes.

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Sterling Associates leaves winter behind with March 2 estate art auction

Dahlov Ipcar (American, 1917-2017), Cherangani, oil-on-canvas, 48 x 40in, signed and dated ‘1989.’ Original artist’s label with title, date, description and $9,000 price. Estimate $10,000-$15,000

NORWOOD, N.J. – On Wednesday, March 2nd, Sterling Associates will bid farewell to winter with a 171-lot auction of fine and decorative art, antiques and mid-century modern furnishings from estates in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area. Bidders may participate absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Keys to choosing the perfect grand piano for you and your home

An undated Bosendorfer grand piano, model 225, serial no.37277, achieved $42,500 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2021. Image courtesy of Ripley Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

An undated Bosendorfer grand piano, model 225, serial no.37277, achieved $42,500 plus the buyer’s premium in January 2021. Image courtesy of Ripley Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK – The lyricist Irving Berlin once wrote a love song to his favorite musical instrument that included the lyrics, “I love a piano, I love a piano, I love to hear somebody play upon a piano …” He said the tune, dubbed I Love a Piano and debuted in the 1920 Broadway review Stop! Look! Listen!, was one of his best efforts. Berlin wasn’t singing about just any old piano, mind you, but a grand piano.

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David Burliuk oil on burlap portrait of a Japanese fisherman, est. $5,000-$6,000

Burliuk paintings among curated offerings Sept. 23 at Willow auction

David Burliuk oil on burlap portrait of a Japanese fisherman, est. $5,000-$6,000

David Burliuk oil on burlap portrait of a Japanese fisherman, est. $5,000-$6,000

LINCOLN PARK, N.J. – Willow Auction House is proud to present its September Great Estates Fall Curated Auction. Taking place on September 23 at noon Eastern time, the sale features more than 200 lots. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Sterling Associates gathers estate art, fine jewelry for Apr 21 auction

L: Michel Henry, ‘Les Voiliers’ (Sailboats), oil-on-canvas, artist-signed Size: 50½ x 63½in (framed). Provenance: 1978 letter of authenticity from Wally Findlay Galleries Inc., New York. Estimate $2,000-$3,000; R: Luis R. Cuevas (Puerto Rico; later California. Acrylic on artist board painting, 9½ x 17in (sight). Provenance: Estate of the artist. Estimate $300-$500

NORWOOD, N.J. – Sterling Associates, Bergen County, New Jersey’s foremost estate specialists, will conduct this year’s edition of their popular Spring Fine Art and Antiques Auction on Wednesday, April 21, exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. The sale’s 223 lots include more than 100 artworks, a sizable selection of Chinese decorative art and accessories, and fine jewelry and luxury watches. The main consignments have come directly from estates in Englewood and Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

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