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Steinway Musical Instruments sold for $499M

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc., including the Steinway &

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc., including the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, was sold for $499 million to Paulson & Co., which topped a bid from Kohlberg & Co. Credit: Bloomberg News, 2009

WALTHAM, Mass. - Steinway Musical Instruments Inc., which includes legendary piano maker Steinway & Sons, is being sold for $499 million.

The company terminated an existing sales agreement with Kohlberg & Co. after it was outbid by investment firm, Paulson & Co.

Paulson topped Kohlberg's offer by $3 per share.

Steinway, which is being taken private, will have to pay a termination fee of about $6.7 million.

Paulson will ultimately pay $40 per share for the Waltham, Mass., company. Steinway valued the sale at about $512 million.

Paulson will open a tender offer for shares of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. within the next five days.

The company started in Astoria as a piano maker and still has a piano factory there.

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