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Fri Nov 21 14:05:03 SAST 2014

'Casablanca' piano sells in New York for more than $600 000

Sapa-AP | 15 December, 2012 17:04
Undated handout photo, released to Reuters on November 27, 2012, shows the Paris piano from the film "Casablanca". The piano from the Oscar-winning film could fetch more than $1 million when it is sold at auction in New York next December 14 on the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the classic movie, Sotheby's said on Tuesday.
Image by: HANDOUT / REUTERS

The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" has fetched more than $600 000 at auction.

The 58-key upright was sold to an unidentified buyer for $602 500 at Sotheby's New York on Friday.

Its pre-sale estimate was up to $1.2 million.

It was offered by a Japanese collector on the film's 70th anniversary.

The collector purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 for $154,000.

Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning World War II love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund.

In a famous flashback scene, Rick and Ilsa lean on the piano at a Paris bistro. Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings.

They toast as Rick says: "Here's looking at you, kid."

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