van cliburn 109717271 Pianist Van Cliburns Art, Jewels Being Auctioned In NY

Pianist Van Cliburn as he was presented with the 2010 National Medal of Arts. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn are being auctioned this spring in New York.

Christie’s auction house estimates the value at $3 million.

Cliburn, born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, says in a news release that he collected some of the pieces to remind him of concerts in various cities around the world.

Christie’s says there are more than 150 items including English furniture, Russian art, silver and jewels.

It says individual pieces could sell for up to $250,000.

Cliburn, now 77, was 23 in 1958 when he became world famous by winning a piano competition in Moscow.

The auction is scheduled for May 17 in New York.

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