The backstory of this white lacquered piano produced in the early part of the 20th century (original manufacturer unknown) is recounted in Marilyn Monroe’s posthumously published autobiography:
Sometime later Monroe’s mother was taken to Norwalk Mental Hospital, and Monroe was sent to an orphanage. All their belongings including the piano were taken away.
In her will, Marilyn Monroe left the majority of her estate to Lee Strasberg, her acting coach and confidant. After his death, Monroe’s estate then transferred to Strasberg’s wife, Anna. Under her care, she hired CMG Worldwide to manage the licensing of Monroe’s name making Monroe’s estate a fortune.
Mariah Carey purchased the piano from the October 1999 auction stating: