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Christine McVie’s ‘Songbird’ piano set for auction

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Christine McVie‘s musical legacy takes center stage as her cherished Yamaha C3 Baby Grand Piano, a companion on Fleetwood Mac’s live performances for two decades, becomes the focal point of an upcoming charity auction.

Scheduled for Sunday, February 4th, the MusiCares Charity Relief Auction promises an array of exclusive, one-of-a-kind items from renowned music personalities. Hosted at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, the auction will also be accessible online through juliensauctions.com, accompanied by a live stream on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram Live, as well as the Julien’s and MusiCares websites.

Christine McVie’s Yamaha C3 Baby Grand Piano, fondly known as the ‘Songbird’ piano, is the standout item with an anticipated auction range of $20,000 to $30,000. Played by McVie during Fleetwood Mac‘s encores from 1977 to 1997, the instrument carries the essence of her signature track, ‘Songbird.’

The auction, featuring 75 items from music luminaries, aims to raise funds for MusiCares, a charitable organization founded by the Recording Academy in 1989. MusiCares provides support to music professionals through financial grant programs, support networks, and tailored crisis relief efforts.

Among the notable items on the auction block is a James Hetfield signature ESP LTD Vulture model guitar personally signed by the Metallica frontman, projected to sell for $4,000 to $6,000. Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh’s 2015 Fender Stratocaster, owned and signed by Walsh himself, is estimated to fetch a similar range. Slash’s autographed 2023 Gibson Les Paul Anaconda Burst Guitar carries an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000.

Adding to the collection, a Don Felder signed 2010 limited-edition Gibson Custom Shop “Hotel California” 1959 Les Paul Standard re-issue guitar is expected to go for $6,000 to $8,000.

Martin Nolan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, expressed enthusiasm about the array of items available, stating, “There are so many unique and incredible items for every music fan and collector from icons such as Christine McVie and Taylor Swift to Paul McCartney with many more to be announced.”

The event will mark a milestone as it is hosted live at the Grammy Museum for the first time, aligning with the museum’s commitment to music education initiatives and programs that resonate with Julien’s Auctions’ mission to deepen the connection between fans and artists through these historic pieces of musical memorabilia.

You can find more about the auction here.

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