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Billy Joel piano to be auctioned for charity

A Steinway piano bearing the autograph of Billy Joel is to be auctioned for charity.

The baby grand is going under the hammer to raise money for a Ten O'Clock Classics music programme being run in New York.

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br /> According to charitybuzz, which lists the current top bid for the musical instrument at $31,999 (£22,000), Joel agreed to donate the piano in response to a New York Times article about how a school was having to cut back on music teaching due to lack of funding.

The Piano Man will sign his name above the instrument's keyboard on the right-hand side and personalise the message for the winning bidder.

May 6th will see the auction come to close, with the piano expected to fetch in the region of $60,000 overall.

It is one of a number of celebrity instruments to be auctioned off for charity in recent weeks.

Earlier this month, U2's lead guitarist The Edge pledged a custom Epiphone Les Paul for a fundraiser benefiting several good causes.

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Posted on 22 Apr 2009 16:02 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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