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Here's sellin' to you, kid. Casablanca piano up for sale

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:14 AM
File picture taken June 13, 1996 shows the piano used in the 1942 movie "Casablanca" to play "As Time Goes By" sitting on display inside the Warner Brothers Studio Museum in Burbank, California. -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - The iconic piano from Hollywood romance Casablanca goes on sale at auction in New York in November, the highlight of more than two dozen collectors' items from the fabled war-time classic.

"Play it, Sam," says a stunning Ingrid Berman, cajoling Dooley Wilson into singing As Time Goes By before a moody Humphrey Bogart storms over to find his ex-lover sitting in his nightclub.

Wilson's character Sam first played the song on the piano for Bogart's character Rick and Bergman's Ilsa when they fell in love in Paris as Nazi troops advanced on the French capital.

The salmon-coloured instrument is the star of more than 30 items from the 1942 black and white movie offered for sale on Nov 24 by Bonhams auction house and Turner Classic Movies.

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