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$535,000 24K gold leaf piano on public display at Aberdeen Centre

A 24K gold leaf Fazioli piano is on public display this month at Aberdeen Centre's Showcase Pianos, the only one of its kind in the world.

Designed by local interior designer Thu Watson, owner of Metropolitan Furniture in Vancouver, the piano was played Friday by 20-year-old Evgenia Rabinovich, who is back in Richmond on break from studying piano on scholarship at Mannes College in New York.

Manuel Bernaschek, president of Showcase Pianos, said the 24K piano will be delivered to a Vancouver owner next month.

The $535,000 piano flew first class from Italy, where it was made by hand. It's the only golf-leaf Fazioli piano in the world.

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