Seller Story: Chloe Smith, Coto de Caza, CA
“My dad was very musically inclined – and 100% self-taught. He played the saxophone, piano, guitar, the drums, keyboard, you name it, he played it. But the piano was his favorite, I remember growing up hearing the piano every day. My mom was very involved in choir her whole life so she was blessed with a very beautiful voice. Often, she would sing while my dad would accompany her on piano or another instrument. They loved singing Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Rolling Stones – that kind of stuff.
The musical instruments in the sale along with some of the antique furniture are so unique and have a lot of character. My dad really took to collecting guitars and that is why we have a collection. But the grand piano belonged to him for more than twenty years and is very sentimental to our family as it was the centerpiece for many family gatherings, parties and social events and where people would sing and dance while my father played. They were very vivacious people who loved to entertain and be the life of the party. Whenever we had guests, music was always part of the equation.” –Chloe Smith
1992 Yamaha C5 Grand Piano With Bench
Tiffany & Co. Platinum, Onyx, and 4.46 CTW Diamond Square Key Necklace
Gibson Custom Shop Peter Frampton Les Paul Guitar
Escada Sleevless Silk Polka-Dot Dress with Ruched Collar
Gibson Custom Shop L-4 10th Anniversary Diamond White Sparkle Guitar
Alexander McQueen Sheep Suede Coat
Tiffany & Co. Platinum and 1.74 Carat Diamond Solitaire Necklace
Yamaha Tenor Saxophone With Case
Vintage Armani Faux Tortoise Shell Sunglasses
Fender 50th Anniversary Stratocaster
18K Yellow Gold Diamond Necklace
Dior Embossed Leather Peep Toe Heels
3/4 Upright Double String Bass
Donadio 18K Yellow Gold Cameo Brooch Pendant
Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co. Limited Edition Sterling Silver and Wood "Fish" Bracelet
G&L Custom Leo Fender Commemorative Edition Electric Guitar
14K Yellow Gold Slide Charm Bracelet with Assorted Gemstones and Enamel
Forest Green G&L George Fullerton Signature Legacy Electric Guitar With Tremolo and Case
Louis Vuitton Multicolore Monogram Alma Satchel
14K Yellow Gold Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace
Valentino Red Satin Bow Slingbacks
18K White Gold Diamond and Gemstone Dragonfly Pin
Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Double Cutaway Corvette 50th Anniversary Edition
H. Stern 18K Yellow Gold 52.51 CTW Tourmaline and 3.27 CTW Diamond Earrings
Women's Chanel Tortoise Print Sunglasses
Circa 1970s Gibson SG Deluxe Electric Guitar
Chanel Navy Blue Wool Blended Jacket
Tiffany & Co. 18K White Gold 2.09 CTW Diamond Metro Bangle
Tiffany & Co. Platinum Necklace with 2.00 CTW Diamond Heart Shape Pendant
Janucci Full Sheared Mink Fur Coat With Sable Collar
14K White Gold Black Onyx and Diamond Necklace
Dior Black and White Dice Stiletto Heels
Cello With Bow and Case
Tiffany & Co. Platinum Tahitian Pearl and 2.08 CTW Diamond Crab Necklace
Vintage Bundy Baritone Saxophone With Case
Vintage Gibson ES-125 Hollow Body Electric Guitar
Is anyone else in your family besides your parents musically-inclined?
My brother is more talented than I am but he can play guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums – he’s far more musically inclined that I am.
Was your mother raised in a musical household?
My mom is second-generation Armenian. Her family immigrated from Armenia in the early 1900s to escape the Armenian Genocide. Her dad, my grandpa, was in an Armenian band in his 20s and 30s called Keftyme, composed of all gentleman. So he grew up playing music with his family and his kids.
The jewelry and fashion pieces are so spectacular.
All of the high fashion pieces were my mom’s. She loved nice clothing, nice shoes, and nice jewelry. She took her time finding pieces that she just had to have and much of it was found while traveling abroad. They tried to take an international vacation once every few years.