The Real Deal New York

Risky Trump Palace sublet costs piano talent his $140K instrument

February 22, 2013 12:00PM

The Trump Palace, Dong-Hyek Lim and a Yamaha grand piano (credit: CityRealty)

World-class pianist Dong-Hyek Lim is playing the blues over his $140,000 concert instrument, which mysteriously went missing from the Trump Place condo he rents, the New York Daily News reported.

Lim, born in South Korea, sublet his $4,000-a-month home on the website HeyKorean.com; when Lim returned, the 1,000-pound Yamaha grand piano was gone.

The police have tracked the instrument to piano company on Long Island called Amadeus. The business, though, is refusing to return the piano because it has been sold a San Francisco man, who has paid $20,000 for shipping costs.

“I don’t have any insurance,” Lim, now studying under famed pianist Emanuel Ax at the Juilliard School, said. “Pianos don’t have insurance. Violins do. Violins can be stolen easily. A piano is not something you can put in your pocket.”

Lim is asking a Manhattan Supreme Court judge to block Amadeus owner Michael Feygan from shipping the piano. [NYDN]Christopher Cameron

  • Cleo

    Poor pianiste. Does Michael Fagan want $21k to sell the piano back to its rightful owner if they don’t block this sale of a stolen item?

    He probably never imagined that someone willing to pay $4k for a place would do this to him. This is a world of barbarians not of gentility. HeyKorean should help catch this guy – I bet he didn’t use an internet cafe for all his correspondence.

  • Bob

    Koreans tend to think so highly of their own culture and “race” that they automatically trust other Koreans almost immediately. Maybe next time this guy should be less racist (automatically trusting another Korean) and more pragmatic with regards to leasing expensive homes full of expensive property.

    • Cleo

      that’s very funny considering someone said something like that about my renting to a variety of races outside of mine because they LOOKED civilized – especially artists – hhh – artsy people break rules and lie lie lie like no other motivated by money to which they feel entitled because they don’t have steady income by choice.

      I can’t see how Koreans can trust one another automatically. How do they know they aren’t dealing with a member of the yakuza – Corea was transformed by traitors working with the Japanese after all.

    • Cleo

      This guy sounds like a genuine celebrity in South Korea so I think that probably had something to do with his trusting a fellow Korean.

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