Lady Gaga’s Childhood Piano Going Under The Hammer
Entertainment| | By Sara Wilkins
The old wooden instrument, on which Gaga wrote her first song when she was just five years old, is one of the items up for sale at Julien’s Auctions upcoming Music Icons event. The piano, which was previously on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of the Women Who Rock exhibition, is expected to fetch as much as $200,000 when it hits the block at the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square on May 21. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation. Gaga’s grandparents, Angelina and Joseph Germanotta, paid $780 for the piano in 1966 and it was passed down to the musician’s parents, Cynthia and Joe. At four, Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, began taking piano lessons, and she wrote her first ever song, called “Dollar Bills,” on the family piano. The track was inspired by Pink Floyd’s “Money.” Her first baby grand piano was given to her when she turned 13. Her mother has previously spoken about her daughter’s musical abilities, stating, “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.” “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.” Also up for grabs at the auction is a handwritten letter Kurt Cobain sent to music mogul David Geffen threatening the end of Nirvana, David Bowie’s reply to a fan letter, and memorabilia from Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.