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    Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:58:59

    Elton John Pianos, Including One Used to Write "Philadelphia Freedom," Being Auctioned - Get the details, collectors + fans!

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    • Elton John - NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Original collages made by John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Elton John's birtday in 1975, shown at the press preview 'A Rock & Roll History: Presley To Punk' at Sotheby's on June 20, 2014 in New York City.
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    • Elton John - LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (GLOBAL MAGAZINES AND THEIR ONLINE EDITIONS OUT) (L to R) Bella Freud, Sir Elton John and Karma Nabulsi attend The Hoping Foundation's 'Starry Starry Night' Benefit Evening for Palestinian Refugee Children at Cafe de Paris on June 19, 2014 in London, England.

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    Caribou Ranch, a famed recording studio, hosted Elton John, during the '70s and '80s.

    John worked on three albums at Caribou Ranch: Caribou, Rock of the Westies and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. His 1974 Caribou album was named after the ranch.

    The mahogany Steinway & Sons grand piano used while recording "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," among other tracks from the album, is now available at auction.

    A second piano, the Wm. Knabe & Co. baby grand, used by Elton John to write the majority of Rock of the Westies and the hit "Philadelphia Freedom," is also available for purchase.

    "I consider him one of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. I think all of the work he did there will stand the test of time," said James Guercio, Caribou's founder.

    Caribou has been considered the first destination recording studio. Elton John not only recorded there but also enjoyed the private, rustic atmosphere. He spent time with John Lennon on the ranch while recording his "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" cover. This trip is referred to as Lennon's "lost weekend" with May Pang.

    History!!!

    These instruments are part of the upcoming auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on January 24 at the Denver Design Center, featuring over 400 lots.

    Collectors, music culturists or John fans can register to bid at this location.

    What is your fave Elton John song?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.15.15



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