Dom DeLuise's grand piano to lead memorabilia auction

A grand piano once owned by horror actor Vincent Price is among the highlights of a sale of memorabilia from the collection of Dom DeLuise.

It's expected to make $8,000-12,000 at Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles on June 26-27.

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Dom DeLuise was a much-loved comedian and actor

DeLuise, who died in 2009, was a much loved comedian, actor and all round renaissance man. The auction house comments: "He first found wide fame during his collaborations with Mel Brooks and his enduring cinematic and personal friendship with Burt Reynolds.

"Some of his most memorable films include 'Silent Movie,' 'History of the World Part I' and 'Blazing Saddles.'

"In his varied career he also lent his voice to numerous animated characters, wrote a number of children's books, and became a celebrated chef with three cookbooks to his name.

"This auction features selected items from all phases of his career and throughout his life."

Burt Reynolds, one of DeLuise's closest friends, said: "Yes, every time I laugh�Ǫ.every time I smile and every time I think of the kindness from one actor to another, its Dom. It seems clich?� these days to say someone is irreplaceable but for me, that's Dom."

Other lots in the sale include a portrait of DeLuise, valued at $4,000-6,000, and a set of cookware given to him by Mel Brooks' wife ($800-1,200).

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