The piano has always been a part of singer-songwriter Carole King’s legacy, and now a lucky bidder can share a part of that legacy. King’s 1924 Model M Steinway will be auctioned April 20 in New York City as part of Exceptional Sale at Christie’s.
The mahogany piano, which King used to compose several songs, is featured on the cover of her albums “Music” (1971) and “Sweet Seasons” (also 1971).
King, who first sat at a piano at age 4 and began composing hits at age 17 with her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, is celebrated in the Broadway musical “Beautiful.”
From the first King-Goffin hits such as the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” through King’s songs that she performed, including “It’s Too Late,” (“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “So Far Away,” they were the soundtrack of a generation.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opened in January 2014 and features dozens of hits. It was a 2015 Grammy award winner for Best Musical Theater Album.
Chilina Kennedy, who plays King in “Beautiful,” said her music is typical of the collaborative spirit of artists in the 1960s and ’70s. King typified that collaborative spirit with “You’ve Got a Friend,” a song she gifted to the young, relatively unknown James Taylor, who made it an iconic hit.
Christie’s Exceptional Sales are dedicated to pop culture icons; previous sales have included a World War II airplane and an original Apple computer.
The piano’s estimated value is $40,000 to $60,000. King is selling it because she is also selling her Idaho ranch to downsize, Architectural Digest said.