Lady Gaga’s childhood piano fails to sell at auction

The popstar wrote her first song, aged 5, using the instrument


Rachael Revesz
New York
Sunday 22 May 2016 17:52 BST
The pre-sale estimate price for the piano was up to $200,000
The pre-sale estimate price for the piano was up to $200,000 (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

An auction of celebrity memorabilia went slightly off key when a buyer failed to come forward for Lady Gaga's childhood piano.

The piano, on which the 30-year-old popstar wrote her first song at five years old while she was living in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was put up for sale by California-based Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Café in New York.

The pre-sale estimate price ranged between $100,000 and $200,000.

Julien’s Auctions would not reveal the reserve price – the lowest price the seller would accept for the item – according to the Associated Press.

It was not clear if Lady Gaga, otherwise known as Stefani Germanotta, would try and sell the piano again.

The singer and songwriter reputedly wrote her first piano ballad at 13 years old and started to perform open mic nights by 14.

She shot to success after the release of her first album, "The Fame", in 2008.

In 2016 her song, “Til It Happens To You”, which recounted her experience of sexual assault and was co-written by Diane Warren, was nominated for an Oscar.

She was introduced at the Academy Awards ceremony by vice president Joe Biden and was joined on stage by 50 survivors of sexual assault.

Elvis Presley’s items, also auctioned by Julien’s, hit a higher note and sold off 85 pieces of memorabilia, including a 1969 Gibson Dove guitar for $334,000.

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