Piano of Israeli Music Legend Arik Einstein Goes on Auction Block

Einstein, the link between Israeli folk and rock in the '60s, died in 2013.

Menachem Saks

Two years after the death of Israeli music great Arik Einstein, his piano is hitting the auction block at a starting price of 32,000 shekels ($8,250).

The piano, made by Boston-based Hallet, Davis & Co., will be sold at the Kedem auction house in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Einstein’s daughter has vouched for the instrument’s authenticity, though the music stand is not included.

The piano is valued at between 40,000 and 60,000 shekels.  

Einstein, a singer, songwriter and actor, died in 2013. He was considered the godfather of Israeli music in the ‘60s — a link between the country's folk and rock movements.

Arik Einstein's piano
Auction house

Pianos can be coveted items at auctions. In 2000, George Michael bought John Lennon’s piano for $2.1 million. Last year, the piano from the film “Casablanca” sold for $3.4 million.

Last month, Elvis Presley’s 24 karat gold-leaf grand piano fetched $610,000, a few days after a piano that had been licked by Miley Cyrus sold for $50,000 at a charity auction.