- Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons
- Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press
INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay continued to add to his already vast music collection when the Colts owner tweeted Saturday that he purchased the piano used on tour by music legend Sir Elton John for decades.
Irsay reportedly purchase the Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano for $915,000 during an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions on Saturday.
“Just added to the collection,” Irsay tweeted.
The piano, which was used on tours during the 1970s through the 1990s, was signed by John, with the inscription, “Enjoy this as much as I have, Elton John” on the frame.
One of Irsay’s biggest passion — outside of owning the Colts — is collecting memorabilia.
Some of the most memorable things Irsay owns is guitars previously used by Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Prince.
Irsay also has handwritten lyrics to “With God on Our Side” from Bob Dylan, a drum head used and signed by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, the piano used by Lennon to compose songs for “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band,” a drum kit from the Beatles’ Ringo Starr, a tomato soup wrapper signed by Andy Warhol and the script from the movie “Jerry McGuire.”
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