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    Sir Noël Coward's Personally Owned Steinway Model S Baby Grand Piano (1957). Vintage original 1957 Steinway Model S (serial number 355368) owned and played by the legendary Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 - 26 March 1973) at his New York apartment. Coward was a wildly successful English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his sharp and sophisticated wit, flamboyance, and his shrewd understanding and playful (but pointed) send up of high society.

    As a child, Coward's father was coincidentally a piano salesman. Over the course of his charmed life in the arts, Coward made his way from performing to writing and then from the British stage to the Hollywood movie set. Whether writing classic stage plays like Hay Fever and Blythe Spirit or screenplays like In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter, music always played a central role in Noël Coward's creative life. Among the beloved songs the prolific Coward wrote are "Mad About the Boy," "I'll See you Again," "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "A Room with a View," "The Stately Homes of England," and many more.

    In March 2021, a professional piano appraisal was performed on this this piano, stating in part: "...strings, damper underlevers and keytops are original. The soundboard shows no evident cracking, though it has discolored a bit from age. The pinblock is tight and the bridges also show no cracks. The hammers, shanks, flanges, wippens, backcheck leather, and key bushings were replaced in 2013. The tone is exceptional for a model S, though it is very bright, and should be voiced down. There is one chipped keytop that could be replaced singly or with the set. The ebony finish shows some chipping, but is in good shape for its age. A black piano stool accompanies the piano."

    The piano measures approx. 5 ft. 1 in. x 4 ft. 10 in. x 28 in. (from floor to top of keys). Noel Coward's work continues to influence modern day creators as does his reputation as a literate and sharp raconteur who was excessively talented at any of the countless artistic disciplines he pursued.

    The piano was purchased directly from the Noël Coward Estate in 1973 by Carol Thompson, wife of Patrick Hemingway, son of legendary author Ernest Hemingway and is accompanied by a photocopy of the original receipt of the sale. The piano has remained a major focal point in the Hemingway household for decades since. Reference image courtesy of the Noël Coward Foundation.


    Note: This piano is located in the state of Montana and special shipping arrangements will apply. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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    17th Saturday 9:50 am CT
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    16th-18th Friday-Sunday
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