Superstar memorabilia is always a hot ticket for collectors, and you don’t get much bigger than Lady Gaga right now.
The singer was a mere 5 years old when she sat and wrote her very first song on an upright piano that her grandparents purchased.
Now, the very same piano that inspired one of pop music’s elite is heading to the auction block at a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 to $200,000.
The piano will be up for grabs at Julien’s Auctions’ “Music Icons” memorabilia sale that will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe New York, on May 21st.
Once the piano is sold, a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Born This Way Foundation. The foundation was launched by Gaga in 2012 to empower youth, deal with issues of bullying, poor body image, and acceptance and tolerance.
The piano was previously featured in the 2011-2012 “Women Who Rock” exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
Gaga’s grandparents purchased the piano for a mere $780 in 1966, and Gaga (Stefani Germanotta) began taking piano lessons when she was 4, writing her first composition only a year later.
“When Stefani started to crawl, she would use the leg of the piano to pull herself up and stand, and in doing so, her fingers would eventually land on the keys,” said the singer’s mother. “She would stay there and just keep pressing the keys to hear the sound. We would then start to hold her up or sit on the bench and let her tinker.”
Julien’s Auctions owner, Darren Julien, said that investors and collectors are looking for ways to diversify their portfolios and historical artifacts like rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia that have proven to be great investments.
“Values continue to increase due to the collectability of Western pop culture globally,” he said. “Rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia is the new art market.”
Also up for grabs at the auction will be more than 85 Elvis Presley items. These include a custom-made 1969 Gibson Dove guitar that Presley’s father had made for him. It’s estimated to bring $200,000 to $300,000.
As well as Presley Memorabilia, you can also bid for items from late singer-guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, and Michael Jackson.