John Lennon’s white ‘Imagine’ piano

John Lennon's Steinway piano, on which he composed 'Imagine', sold for $1.7 million 17 years ago today.

John Lennon composed Imagine one morning in early 1971, on a white Steinway piano, in a bedroom at his Tittenhurst Park estate in England. His wife Yoko Ono watched as he composed the melody, chord structure and almost all the lyrics, nearly completing the song in one brief writing session! Described as a piano ballad performed in the soft rock genre, Imagine is John Lennon’s most recognized solo song.

The white Steinway piano that John Lennon frequently uses is also featured in the music video of Imagine, which is really much more of a clip from John and Yoko 81-minute home movie to accompany the release of the Imagine album.

The white Steinway piano became an iconic piece connected to Lennon. In the music video, Lennon sits at the white grand piano in a dimly lit, all-white room. Ono gradually walks around opening curtains that allow in light, making the room brighter with the song's progression. At the song's conclusion, Ono sits beside Lennon at the piano, and they share a quaint gaze, then a brief kiss.

John Lennon kept the Piano and transferred it to his New York apartment just before his death. Ono donated the piano on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. In 2000, the piano was auctioned on the Internet for$1.7 million

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