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Billy Joel Auctioning Off Autographed Baby Grand for Charity; His Miami Mansion's Also Up for Grabs

Image courtesy of BillyJoel.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of BillyJoel.com (via ABC News Radio)

Billy Joel once sang about his "Baby Grand."  Now he's auctioning one.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has teamed with CharityBuzz.com to sell a Steinway and Sons Baby Grand piano, which Billy will personalize and autograph once the auction has concluded.  When last we checked , the top bid was $19,500 but the reserve had not yet been met -- the piano's estimated value is 60 grand. The auction ends April 2.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit two charities: the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps support young people in need; and Ten O'Clock Classics, which brings classical music to a wider audience by providing music lessons and free instruments to New York City school children, as well as staging concerts in non-traditional venues.

Meanwhile, in other "Billy Joel selling stuff news," the Piano Man's mansion on Miami's La Gorce Island is still on the market after a year, because he won't budge on the price, reports the Florida-centric website GossipExtra.com .   The 9,000-square foot home with sweeping waterfront views is listed at $14.75 million, and dropping the price isn't an option, the listing agent told the website.

"A lot of people took a look,” said agent Jorge Uribe , "including Miami Heat players.  But it’s a unique house for a unique buyer.  Potential buyers are folks with a net worth of $100 million."  But Billy's in no hurry to unload the place.  "He really enjoys the house,” Uribe said, "and he is very patient."

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