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The late, great Van Cliburn was a gifted pianist, for sure, but did you know the Texan also had a penchant for collectibles? On March 4 and 5, Christie's auction house in New York will feature hundreds of treasures from his Fort Worth home. This is the second time the auction house has sold Cliburn's collections; in May 2012, bidders paid $4.4 million for 166 lots of his antiques, jewelry and bric-a-brac. Both Cliburn and his mother, Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn, loved fine chairs, and this Christie's auction will sell a number of George III period dining chairs. Another important item is an 1869 C. Bechstein piano, purchased by Mrs. Cliburn in the 1940s.
· Van Cliburn's staggering collection to be auctioned at Christie's [DMN]