Yesterday, I wrote, “Keith Raniere seems to have acquired – or rather it just magically appeared – via Bronfman money – his town home on 8 Hale Drive around 2006-07…. Inside it was his $40,000 grand piano [magically appearing with Bronfman money].”
Now, I hear there was no $40,000 piano at 8 Hale.
“Some facts wrong about 8 Hale,” a reliable source told me, “The piano inside 8 Hale was paid for by Nancy Salzman (not the Bronfmans) for $90,000. It was a brand new grand piano from the New York City Steinway store. There was a second used piano (not a Steinway) bought for $40,000 that was put in Nancy Salzman’s home – purchased by one of the [Bronfman] charities.”
I don’t think it’s entirely wrong to say the $90,000 grand piano magically appeared from Bronfman money – for Nancy was pulling in a million per year mentoring the Bronfman sisters – [and Nancy spent her money exactly as Raniere told her].
But – to insult Raniere by suggesting he would have a $40,000 used grand piano at his 8 Hale Drive lair – is slightly embarrassing. I am deeply sorry. He had a $90,000 top-of-the-line Steinway Model D, 9-foot grand piano – normally used for concert level performances and in the homes of the wealthy.
Today, a new model D Steinway concert grand piano lists for $156,200.
So, for the record – Raniere had not one – but two grand pianos – totaling $130,000 in cash – both magically appearing. The $40k used one was at Nancy’s house – where Keith would occasionally go to tinkle the ivories. His good piano – where he would regale young and pretty creatures – slender and svelte – was at 8 Hale Drive. It was a Steinway – and for a Vanguard – he deserved no less.