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Unique "Red Pops for (RED)" Parlor Grand Model A Piano

About the object

Incorporating design components hand selected by Jony Ive and Marc Newson, including the custom colour combination of white and red, along with the silver plate and nickel hardware, and the special decal on the soundboard.  This piece is unique to, and created for, the (RED) Auction 2013. Edition 01/01.\nDonated by Steinway & Sons. Grand pianos hold a special fascination for Jony and Marc, because it is easy to see hwo the music is created by hammers hitting strings of various lengths. In pursuit of the best possible example, they visited the Steinway & Sons New York factory, which in its 160-year history has produced concert-worthy instruments for illustrious performers ranging from Vladimir Horowitz and Sergei Rachmaninoff to Billy Joel and Rufus Wainwright. For the (RED) Auction, Jony and Marc proposed painting this maple, spruce and cast-iron beauty white and red. The only one of its kind, this "Red Pops" Grand also boasts a whimsical sketch by Richard Allan on its soundboard, a depiction of Jony and Marc working under the lid of the piano as if they were mechanics under the hood of a car.


Please note that this lot includes a matching bench featuring red leather, white legs, and white seat adjusters with red Steinway logos.


Maple, Alaskan sitka spruce and cast iron


Steinway & sons


Overall excellent condition. This piano was produced especially the firm especially for the (RED) 2013 auction, with custom elements designed by Jony Ive and Marc Newson. The lower portion of the legs present with a few minute abrasions and some minor imperfections to the lacquer. Overall the piece is in wonderful condition and presents very strongly in person. This work is being sold with a certificate from the (RED) 2013 auction. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.


74 x 57 3/4 inches (188 x 147 cm)



*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.