Ornate Piano From Texas Hotel Goes On The Auction Block

SAN ANTONIO (March 17, 2013)--An ornate Steinway piano that a railroad tycoon transported to San Antonio in the 1930s that was turned into his hotel's centerpiece will be offered at auction this week.

The piano from the St. Anthony Hotel will be featured Monday at the San Francisco auction house Bonhams.

The catalog describes the piano as a "notable example of exquisite partnering of the finest marquetry inlay and boldly conceived gilt-bronze mounts."

The estimated value is as much as $80,000.

Steinway & Co. records show the piano was completed in 1924 for an unidentified client.

St. Anthony owner and railroad magnate Ralph Morrison purchased it in 1938 for $27,000.

The piano was last at the hotel in 1993 before it was shipped to California.

A private collector now owns the piano.

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