Jim Irsay’s most recent purchase is “guaranteed to raise a smile.”
The Colts owner on Saturday proudly tweeted that he is the new owner of the piano used to compose songs for The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album.
The piano, which dates back to 1872 and resided in two homes where John Lennon lived in England, was auctioned on GottaHaveRockandRoll.com to a lone bidder and closed with the final bid of $575,000 after being estimated to sell for $800,000-$1.2 million. TMZ Sports reported the price tag was $718,750.
I’m elated to now be the steward of John’s “Sgt. Pepper” upright piano. It’s a responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind. #GettingThemBackTogether #Beatles
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) April 20, 2019
“I’m elated to now be the steward of John’s “Sgt. Pepper” upright piano. It’s a responsibility I take seriously, with future generations in mind,” Irsay wrote on Twitter, adding hashtags “#GettingThemBackTogether and #Beatles.”
According to GottaHaveRockandRoll.com, the piano was Lennon’s favorite and was used to compose other notable songs, including “A Day in the Life” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
Irsay, an avid Beatles fan, owns several other instruments used by the bandmates. He bought a Gibson SG electric guitar used by George Harrison for an undisclosed amount in 2013 and purchased Ringo Starr’s drum set for $1.75 million in 2015.
He also owns guitars previously owned by Prince, Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia.