The piano that James Blunt used to compose his mammoth hit You're Beautiful has fetched £1,200 at auction in London.

An unnamed buyer paid the princely sum in order to gift the Chappell upright to his six-year-old daughter who is said to be a big Blunt fan and is learning to play the piano.

Auctioneer Bonhams had expected the piano that was also used to compose Goodbye My Lover – another song taken from album Back to Bedlam – to fetch between £1,000 and £1,500.

You're Beautiful hit both the number one spot in the British and US charts when it was released in 2005, giving a UK artist a top-selling single in the American Billboard hot 100 for the first time since Elton John in 1997.

The piano was put up for auction after it was included in the sale of a flat Blunt, 33, used to share with his sister.

The new owners of the house decided to auction the instrument after the transaction's deeds revealed: "The piano on which James composed his first pieces remains on the property and is included in the sale."

You're Beautiful is regularly cited as the song most likely to be played at British weddings, while Goodbye My Lover has the same honour for funerals.

16/07/2007 16:03:54