Piano Auctions have a reputation of acquiring the rare and unusual and at 9ft 6in with two keyboards, the Duo Clave Pleyel grand is certainly both of those!

Formerly owned by André Malraux, the French novelist, art historian and statesman, it was last sold in 1994 in the auction at Poulain Le Fur.  The same model was notably used in the Stavinsky ballet Les Noces performance of 2010 conducted by Leonardo Gasparini.

Lot 50 - Pleyel Double Keyboard Grand (c1930)
A rare double keyboard concert piano in a limed oak case invented by Gustav Lyon in 1890.  Patented as the Duo Clave, this instrument is one of the large 9ft 6in instruments made from 1920 onwards.

Estimate:  £30,000 - 50,000.



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