5 Objects That Helped Musicians Become Famous in Wake of Lady Gaga’s Childhood Piano Auction

By Rudy Cecera (rudy.cecera@mstarsnews.com) | Apr 11, 2016 05:10 PM EDT
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Music lovers raise your paddles. The ivories once twinkled by Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) will soon be up for auction. On May 21st, Julien's Auctions at New York's Hard Rock Café will be selling the 30-year-old "Bad Romance" vocalist's childhood piano.

The classic upright was purchased by Gaga's paternal grandparents for $780 dollars back in 1966 and later passed down to her parents. The Fame Monster songstress began playing it when she was just 4 years of age.  "When Stefani started to crawl, she would use the leg of the piano to pull herself up and stand, and in doing so, her fingers would eventually land on the keys." claimed her mother Cynthia before adding "She would stay there and just keep pressing the keys to hear the sound. We would then start to hold her up or sit on the bench and let her tinker."

After only a year, the future Grammy winner would use the piano to write her first song "Dollar Bills", which was inspired by the Pink Floyd hit "Money".  The instrument, which was part of a "Women Who Rock" exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland from 2011-2012, is estimated to sell for as high as $200,000.  Part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the "Applause" singer's Born This Way Foundation which was launched in 2012 to help empower youth.

In discussing the upcoming auction, owner of Julien's Auctions, Darren Julian stated "Values continue to increase due to the collectability of Western pop culture globally, rock 'n' roll memorabilia is the new art market." 

If he's right it could start a trend of other objects that helped musicians become famous being auctioned off.  Here is a list of 5...

5) Nicki Minaj's First Butt Injection Needle

4) The VMA Award Kanye West took from Taylor Swift

3) Chris Brown's First Pair of Boxing Gloves

2) The outfit Miley Cyrus was wearing when she twerked Robin Thick

1) Katy Perry's First Training Bra

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