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L.A. Chamber Orchestra auctioning off Downtown public art pianos

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2012, at 01:49PM
Andrew Lopez

The piano from L.A. LIVE is up for auction on eBay. The starting bid began at $150.

The L.A. Chamber Orchestra announced Tuesday on Facebook that the auction had begun for a handful of their 30 piano art project that ended last week.

Six of the "Play Me, I'm Yours" pianos are up for bid on eBay. The others are being donated to schools and community groups, KCET reports.

Four of those pianos were featured in Downtown locations, including L.A. Live, City Hall, Olvera Street and the Music Center of Los Angeles County.

The auctions will end in about one week, or sooner if someone decides to "Buy It Now" for $20,000. Opening bids are starting at $150.

L.A. Chamber Orchestra paired up with British artist Luke Jerram to place pianos throughout Los Angeles in April, allowing anyone brave enough to sit down on the bench the chance to play a truly one-of-a-kind piece of art.

The pianos were designed by local artists and community groups to add as much personality to the keys as the location it temporarily called home.

Alexander Mihaylovich, the artist who designed the L.A. Live piano over the course of three weeks and 15-hour workdays, told blogdowntown on opening day that his involvement in the project had been a great experience.

“I’m totally exhausted,” he said with a laugh. “When the piano movers came to take it out of my studio I was a little sad.”

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