Piano Man's Auction to Benefit Harlem Students

Music legend to autograph $60,000 baby grand piano

A baby grand autographed by the piano man is being sold to raise money for East Harlem music students.

The $60,000 Steinway is being auctioned for a program at Mount Carmel-Holy Rosary School. Billy Joel will autograph it above the keyboard for the winning bidder, who will undoubtedly feel good about life for awhile despite the prized piano's final price tag.

The Mount Carmel program is run by Ten O'Clock Classics. Joel is a board member of the nonprofit group. It serves as a feeder program for the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School at Lincoln Center.

Auction proceeds will provide music-theory classes, ear training and possibly individual lessons.

Bidding continues until May 6 at www.charitybuzz.com.

"Piano Man" was the first hit for Joel, a five-time Grammy winner from the Bronx.

Joel is currently co-headlining a worldwide tour with fellow pianist Elton John. The tour resumes in Fargo, N.D. on May 2.

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