Auction Set for Piano from San Antonio Hotel

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An ornate Steinway piano transported to San Antonio in the 1930s by a railroad tycoon and turned into his hotel's centerpiece will be offered at auction.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the former St. Anthony Hotel piano will be featured Monday at the San Francisco auction house Bonhams.

The catalog describes the piano as a "notable example of exquisite partnering of the finest marquetry inlay and boldly conceived gilt-bronze mounts." The estimated value is up to $80,000.

Steinway & Co. records show the piano was completed in 1924 for an unidentified client. St. Anthony owner and railroad magnate Ralph Morrison purchased it in 1938 for $27,000. The piano was last at the hotel in 1993 before being shipped to California.

A private collector owns the piano.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 198690321 - kolotv.com/a?a=198690321