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A piano fit for the King sells for $685,000

January 10, 2003|From Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A white Knabe grand piano that Elvis Presley once owned sold for $685,000 this week.

Robert A. Johnson, a Memphis guitarist-music producer, and partner Larry Moss sold the piano Monday to Michael Muzio, head of Blue Moon Group Inc.

Muzio said he hopes to put the piano on a casino-sponsored promotional tour, then use it for an exhibit at a proposed rock museum in Walt Disney World.

He also acquired Johnson's Memphis Music label and several other pieces of rock memorabilia, including a Presley guitar. Muzio said he paid $1.3 million for the properties.

Presley friend George Klein said the star enjoyed playing the piano at his Graceland mansion.

John Heath, a Graceland memorabilia consultant, said Presley purchased the piano after he bought Graceland and used it until 1969, when his wife, Priscilla, gave him a new Steinway grand piano.

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