From the Daily News:
The contents of the Steinway Mansion in Astoria are going to be auctioned off later this month through a series of sales as the Halberian family prepares to sell the property, the Daily News has learned.
The first round of auctions, which will contain a majority of the assets, will be at the Capo Auction House in Long Island City on March 26.
"We're trying to honor his legacy. We're not trying to liquidate it," said Michelle Kazarian, whose father, Michael Halberian, lived in the mansion his whole life until he died at age 83 in December.
A majority of the items from the mansion are Halberian's. However, there are a few Steinway family heirlooms for sale, including a marble bust of Johanna Steinway from the 19th century.
The Steinway Mansion was originally a summer home for the Steinway family of piano manufacturers, but has been owned by the Halberian family since 1924.
Officials with the piano maker said Halberian made the mansion accessible to the public and surprised visitors with his "vast collection of museum-quality" items.
"Mr. Halberian had a unique appreciation for history and items of historical value," said Anthony Gilroy, a spokesman for Steinway & Sons, still based in Astoria.
Kazarian said she selected the Capo Auction House because of owner Michael Capo's ability to keep the hundreds of items together and his knowledge of antiques.
They also found an ancient voodoo mask in the attic.
If you were able to have toured the Steinway Mansion, consider yourself lucky because most, if not all, of the pieces within will likely never seen by the public again. And that's just sad.