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Sat Oct 10 16:26:37 SAST 2015

'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.

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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