The smooth popster outbids Robbie Williams and the Gallagher brothers...

George Michael has bought the piano used by John Lennon to write his classic hit ‘IMAGINE’ for £1.45 million.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper this morning, the former Wham! star outbid Robbie Williams and Oasis stars Noel and Liam Gallagher at an auction last night for the instrument, which the late Beatle originally bought for £1,000 in 1970. He wrote the song a year later.

George, who didn’t attend yesterday’s (17 October) auction in London personally, intends to keep the piano in the UK.