John Coltrane's Piano Returns Home

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A piano played by saxophonist John Coltrane as a child has been purchased by a museum in his hometown of High Point, North Carolina, the Associated Press reports.

Coltrane was born in Hamlet, North Carolina and grew up in High Point; when he moved to Philadelphia, he brought the instrument with him.

The High Point Museum raised $16,300 to buy the piano from Guernsey's auction house in New York.

"I think what the exhibit needs to say—the story it needs to tell— is what the early musical influences were in John Coltrane's life and to share the story of his youth here," said Barbara Taylor, president of the museum.

The museum also owns a report that Coltrane wrote in the fifth grade, sheet music with his handwritten notes, and one of his Down Beat Awards.

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