You know, sometimes it's fun to just dream about what could be.
After all, even if you're in the market for a piano, you probably don't have the cash to drop six or seven figures on a piano. (If you do, give us a call!) Piano prices start at extremely affordable rates that virtually anyone could handle, but like all luxury items, if you want to truly flaunt your wealth, there are options to fit even the richest connoisseur of beautiful instruments.
So, if you'd like to see how the other .01% lives, kick back and take a look at some of the highest piano prices on the market. These are the Bugattis, Lamborghinis, and McLarens of the piano world.
(Feel free to supply your best Robin Leach impersonation.)
Piano Prices Of The Rich And Famous
Starting off at the bottom of the top range, we have a fabulous selection of the top-end regular run pianos by the top brands.
Fazioli was founded in 1981, and focuses on making every instrument a piece of art unto itself. Only 110 pianos are produced a year at its factory. They also make the longest grand piano in the world: the F308. This monster of a piano is a whopping 10'2”, and features a fourth pedal that functions much like an upright's soft pedal. The result is sound that could fill the largest and grandest concert halls in the world.
Steinway & Sons D-274
Probably the best-known and loved Grand Piano in the world, the Steinway D is a true connoisseur's piano. Handcrafted for nearly a year, the D-274 uses only the highest quality woods, including mahogany, in its construction. It also incorporates 125 different patented features and processes. If you're looking at the top end of piano prices, this is probably where you would start.
Bösendorfer 290 Imperial
In recent years, Bösendorfer has risen to challenge Steinway & Sons as the top high-end piano manufacturer, and the Imperial shows why. This is their flagship model, and it features 97 keys – a full eight octaves. Many notable composers have written pieces specifically for the Imperial, including Bartók, Debussey, Ravel, and Mussorgsky.
C. Bechstein D282
Possibly one of the most classically beautiful pianos ever crafted, the D282 sounds at least as good as it looks. With an incredible dynamic range and perfect key action, the D282 is a true musician's instrument. Its lyrical, almost vocal quality is enchanting. This grand piano was designed from the brass rollers upwards for exactly one purpose: to provide the best-sounding piano in the world. Many believe they have achieved it.
However, these are just the cheap ones when it comes to high-end piano prices. When you start getting into custom models and limited editions, the sky truly is the limit!
In 1998, Steinway & Sons laid claim to the most expensive piano ever sold, with the original 1887 Alma-Tadema, which set records at Christie's of London. This masterpiece of 19th Century design isn't just a piano; it's a true work of art, including a recreation of Poynter's painting “The Wandering Minstrels.”
Cost: $1.2 Million
The Kuhn Bösendorfer
A few years ago, Bösendorfer overtook the prize for “world's most expensive piano” with this awe-inspiring (and, frankly, somewhat gaudy) instrument, which features more than 200 pieces of hand-cut lead crystals throughout its case. It's not known exactly how many were produced, but the buyers were among the richest piano enthusiasts in the world. How would one of these look in your living room?
Cost: $1.2 Million
The Very Top
Do you scoff at one million? Then feast your eyes on this. The Gerhard Heintzman Crystal Piano, which sold for a whopping $3,220,000 and is currently the world's most expensive piano. What more can I say?
So... If piano prices weren't a concern to you, which one would YOU want?