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Casablanca piano to be auctioned

  • The piano from the iconic film Casablanca is to go up for auction in New York.

    Character Sam, played by Dooley Wilson sings As Time Goes By on the instrument in a flashback scene between Rick (Humphrey Bogart) and Isla (Ingrid Bergman).

    The piano is to be sold at Sotheby's on December 14 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the film.

    David Redden, Sotheby's vice chairman, estimates the piano to fetch up to $1.2 million.

    "Back in 1988 this was an extraordinary object but it's grown in stature because the movie has become ever more iconic as the years go by. And this really is the symbol of the movie. It's one of the greatest romantic movie props of all time,” said Redden.

    The piano is a green and yellow in color and compact in size.

    Redden added: "Seeing the piano like this is a bit of a revelation because in the movie it's in black and white. And here we are, we see green and yellow and all sorts of things. But it's as it appeared in the movie, except just now in living colour.

    The piano was first auctioned by Sotheby's in 1988 to a Japanese collector.

    According to Sotheby's, the price paid was one of the highest ever achieved for a movie prop at the time.