A piano claimed to be the star of Jane Campion's Oscar-winning film has appeared on Trade Me.

An Upper-Hutt resident listed what they say is the piano from an iconic beach scene in The Piano with a reserve of NZD $1000 on the auction website, with a "buy now of $1500.

It was being sold on behalf of the owner by a seller claiming they had a certificate to authenticate the prop's origins.

In the question and answer section former director of Westside Studios Robert Baldock
confirmed the piece was original.

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"I verify this piano was used in the movie The Piano," he wrote.

The piano from that famous beach scene could be yours to keep, but not to play.
The piano from that famous beach scene could be yours to keep, but not to play.

It's understood the instrument was gifted away by its studio owners after the release of the film and that it was sold again at auction in 2013.

But in bad news for those wanting to actually play the instrument, although it's made by John Broadwood & Sons, it's just a prop and has no moving parts.

A potential buyer hoped to push the price down so they could acquire the piano for a museum, where it would be on display to the public.

"I have several squares, one similar to this and one a conversion to drawers! The price range is twice what I have been purchasing at; while you may well sell it to someone as a memento, would you consider locating it with me a a more reasonable price," Trade Me user Rachmad wrote.

A still from the film The Piano showing the prop which is now for sale.
A still from the film The Piano showing the prop which is now for sale.

Unfortunately the request was denied, saying the item was worth more than they were currently asking for.

"I have since found I should have had a higher price on it. We will have to wait until auction finishes and I'll ask the current owner."

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Another queried its authenticity, citing "one very noticeable difference" from the piano featured in the beach scene.

"The original piano has carved patterns in all the legs. This piano doesn't."

A vague reply stated that the legs may have been changed before it was auctioned more than three years earlier.

- AAP