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Billy Joel gets portrait at NYC's Steinway Hall

2011-12-13 02:30:10 GMT2011-12-13 10:30:10(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Billy Joel stands next to his Steinway Hall Portrait at Steinway Hall on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty

Billy Joel looks is photographed at a piano at the unveiling of his Steinway Hall portrait at the flagship store of Steinway & Sons, in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Joel is one of only two living artists included in a collection featuring greats such as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. He’s the only non-classical performer to be honored. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

Billy Joel plays the piano at Steinway Hall on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Billy Joel is honored with a Steinway Hall Portrait at Steinway Hall on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Billy Joel stands next to his Steinway Hall Portrait at Steinway Hall on December 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Billy Joel performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 42nd Annual Induction and Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis Hotel - Shubert Alley on June 16, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)

The Piano Man is now officially a Steinway man.

A Billy Joel portrait has been unveiled in New York City at Steinway Hall, home to the famed piano maker Steinway & Sons.

Joel is one of only two living artists included in a collection featuring greats such as Hungarian composer Franz Liszt. He's the only non-classical performer.

The 62-year-old pop legend joked Monday about his painting's proximity to Vladimir Horowitz's, saying he doesn't know "how crazy" Horowitz is about having him that close.

Joel's painting features him standing upright in a leather jacket, with a Steinway in the foreground.

Joel says the jacket was one of the few items of clothing bought without a female companion. He says he wore it for years but his girlfriend recently dismissed it as a 1980s relic.

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