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I have an 1889 Steinway Grand Piano
It was covered in Batik by Diao Vargas,  I am wondering if there is a market for this piano and what is the value.  The piano is physically in very good condition, however it is not in perfect playing condition.

I saw that it was originally on sale for $250,000.  

Thank you.

Michael

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Michael, it is difficult to place a FMV on this piece because nothing similar has sold at auction. His Batiks sell for much less at auction. I believe that there may be 1 or 2 galleries in NYC that still. Represent him you may want to contact them to get a more accurate figure. desirability please a large part in what a piece will bring at auction I believe that this piano would probably bring 10 to 15,000 at auction.that is without seeing the piano in person if the condition is not as good as I believe it to be the value would be less if I find more information out in the future value maybe more.

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I have been researching,buying, collecting, dealing, and appraising 19th and 20th Century American Art (1850-1950) for the past 15 years. Ask me anything about this topic. I am a member of the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers Association.

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Experienced in American Art from the period 1850-1950. This Includes Impressionism, Regionalism, Early American Modernism, Hudson River School, WPA. I have 15 years researching, collecting, dealing, and appraising in this field. Ran a Fine Art gallery for 3 years in Phoenixville, Pa. that focused on American and European art from the 1800's to contemporary works. Rare books focused on fine art monographs and catalogue raisonne.

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Pennsylvania Antique Appraisers Association
American Society of Appraisers (Candidate)

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Brimfield Rush, a book written by Bob Wyss of the University of Connecticut. It details the escapades, trials and travails of myself, my ex, and other individuals who have been to Brimfield , Mass. to tame the largest flea market in North America. Maybe even the world.

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American Society of Appraisers
BA from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina
Appraisal Studies at George Washington University

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