Pop singer George Michael said today that he has purchased the Steinway piano used by John Lennon to compose "Imagine" for $2.1 million.
"We can confirm that George Michael has bid successfully for John Lennon's piano," a spokeswoman for Michael told Reuters. "He decided to do this because the piano was a part of music history and because he wanted it to remain in Britain."
The upright, walnut piano, which Lennon purchased in 1970 for some 1,000 pounds, went on the auction block late Tuesday in a trans-Atlantic auction. It has been housed at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England, since February.
98 DEGREES' DREW SAYS 'I DO': The boy band 98 Degrees, whose hits include "I Do (Cherish You)" and "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," saw one of its own say "I do" over the weekend. Drew Lachey wed longtime sweetheart Lea Dellecave during a ceremony in Cincinnati on Saturday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Dellecave's mother told the Enquirer that the happy couple has known each other since the fifth grade. 98 Degrees bandmates Nick Lachey (Drew's bro) and Justin Jeffre attended the private ceremony.
AGUILERA FILES LAWSUIT: Teen pop sensation Christina Aguilera filed a lawsuit against her former manager, Steven Kurtz, on Friday in Los Angeles citing fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. In the lawsuit, Aguilera, 19, says that Kurtz, who managed the singer's career starting at age 17, used "improper, undue and inappropriate" incluence over Aguilera's professional activities.
Aguilera wants to void her contract with Kurtz and recently signed on with Irving Azoff, Don Henley's longtime manager.