Christie's to auction items from Van Cliburn's Fort Worth estate

Christie's to auction items from Van Cliburn's Fort Worth estate

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President Barack Obama congratulates musician Van Cliburn after presenting him with the 2010 National Medal of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 2, 2011. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 10:59 AM

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Hundreds of items from the estate of the celebrated pianist Van Cliburn are scheduled to go up for auction next month.
   
The New York auction house Christie's has scheduled a March 4-5 auction of the Van Cliburn collection. The items were left behind in Cliburn's Fort Worth-area mansion when he died a year ago this month.
   
It'll be the second auction of items from the Cliburn collection. Bidders bid more than $4.3 million for 166 lots of antiques, jewelry and other items in May 2012.
   
Among the items available in this latest bidding is a 144-year-old piano bought by Cliburn's mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, in the 1940s and given to her son.

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