Duke Ellington's baby grand piano and other personal items to sell at auction. Angela Moore reports.
Hundreds of personal items from jazz great Duke Ellington are set to go on the auction block. Nearly 300 items, including handwritten compositions, a Pulitzer Prize and his cherished, white, baby grand piano which he owned during his most creative years will be sold to the highest bidder. SOUNDBITE: Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, saying (English): "The greatest prize of all, I think I'm safe in saying, is Duke Ellington's white baby grand piano on which he was known to compose much of his music. This is some of the most wonderful, famous music every created in this country or in the world for that matter. And here you see his actual pencil scribbling and cross-outs and erasers." And did you know? The big band leader was also an accomplished painter. SOUNDBITE: Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, saying (English): "Many people didn't realize that Duke loved to paint. And there are not many oil paintings of his work known to survive but we have several in this auction including a portrait he did of his great friend and associate Billy Strayhorn. We also have a portrait of a woman that he label 'Satin Doll,' which many will remember is the title of one of his most famous songs." Duke Ellington's belongings will be sold during an online auction in May and at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.