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'Casablanca' Piano to be Auctioned Next Month

By November 28, 2012

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As Time Goes BySam may indeed get to play it again for old time's sake when the 58-key upright piano actor Dooley Wilson used to play "As Time Goes By" in Casablanca (1942) goes up for auction at Sotheby's next month.

In conjunction with the classic film's 70th anniversary, the auction is expected to exceed $1 million, with a pre-sale estimate starting at $800,000.

Released in 1942, Michael Curtiz's World War II-set romantic drama starred Humphrey Bogart as the lovelorn Rick Blaine, whose cloistered world comes crashing in when old flame Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) walks back into his life after walking out of it in Paris prior to the Nazi invasion.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and has long been considered one of the greatest movies ever made. So it's no small wonder that the piano expects to haul in seven figures, though Marilyn Monroe's iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch (1955) is expected to retain its record price for movie memorabilia after fetching $4.6 million in Los Angeles last year.

Sam's piano was previously sold by Sotheby's to a Japanese collector in 1988 for $154,000. The auction will be held in New York City on Dec. 14th.

Dooley Wilson plays for Ingrid Bergman in 'Casablanca' (1942)/Warner Bros.


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