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Auburn police investigate damage to piano

AUBURN (AP) - Auburn police are investigating a burglary that left a 19th century piano valued as high as $250,000 damaged at the building housing the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

According to police reports, a Bosendorfer Imperial Concert grand piano was among items damaged in a break-in at the Mises Institute Dixon Building sometime between 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

Mises Institute Director Jeff Tucker said it appeared someone came in to trash the building, with a large mirror falling on top of the piano, which dominated the lobby.

"It's the most incredible piano in the region," Tucker said. "It's hard to say how much damage was done. It appears to be mostly cosmetic, but still it just hurts to know that someone could do that."

Tucker said the piano, which students use for recitals and special occasions, is known for its perfect pitch.

Along with the piano, five doors valued at $600, a large mirror valued at $1,000 and two wooden benches valued at $100 were also damaged.

The Ludwig von Mises Institute is a nonpartisan foundation, located just across West Magnolia Avenue from the university. It promotes the free-market theories of its namesake.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News

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