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Casablanca piano to auction for up to $1.47m

Published on Nov 28, 2012 6:57 AM
Undated handout photo shows the Paris piano from the film Casablanca. The piano from the Oscar-winning film could fetch more than US$1 million when it is sold at auction in New York on Dec 14, the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the classic movie, Sotheby's said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Here's sellin' to you, kid. The piano used as the prop for the key flashback scene between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca will go on sale next month.

Sotheby's says the auction in New York should raise between US$800,000 (S$977,832) and US$1.2 million for the 58-key piano on which the movie's character Sam plays As Time Goes By for Rick and Ilsa.

"Here's lookin' at you, kid," Bogart's Rick tells Bergman's Ilsa as the three drink champagne at La Belle Aurore in Paris, while loudspeakers outside announce the approach of the invading German army.

The Dec 14 sale will mark the 70th anniversary of Casablanca, ranked by the American Film Institute as the most romantic and quotable movie of all time. The Warner Bros movie won three Oscars in 1943 for Best Picture, Best Writing (Screenplay) and Best Director.

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