The piano was originally bought by Lennon in December 1970 and delivered to a studio at his home in Tittenhurst Park in Berkshire, England. He composed and recorded the song â€œImagineâ€ on it and was filmed playing the song on it for the first time for his wife, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono band. Believed to be a piece of British history by many, the most expensive piano in the world sold at auction in the year 2000 for US $2.1 million to George Michael after a â€œwhoâ€™s whoâ€ bidding war that included several other British celebrities.
After using the worldâ€™s most expensive piano to record songs for an album, George Michael returned the piano to the Liverpool museum that housed it prior to his ownership. He stated that â€œthe piano was not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people.â€
The Kuhn-Bosendorfer piano, as well as the accompanying bench, is set with 100,000 hand-cut, polished gems by glass artist Jon Kuhn. Kuhnâ€™s glasswork is known for its luminescent quality and is featured permanently in over thirty-five museums, including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and the White House Permanent Collection.
The Kuhn- Bosendorfer line of pianos will soon be available for public consumption. Anyone wishing to own the most expensive piano available can expect to shell out $1.2 million for the privilege.