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Piano in 'Casablanca' up for auction: A million memories of Bogart and Bergman

casablanca112912_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN

In November of 1942, “Casablanca” was released by Warner Brothers Pictures. The iconic movie masterpiece stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Set during World War II in Africa, the unrequited love between Rick and Ilsa in "Casablanca" is beyond compare.

Now 70 years after this classic touched moviegoers' heart, it is stirring up a love frenzy once again – this time with a very famous piano.

On Dec. 14, Sotheby’s in New York will have the famous ivory keys up for auction. The instrument used in the film is valued at $1.2 million, according to the Associated Press. The piano is being offered by a Japanese collector who originally purchased the legendary prop in 1988 for $154,000 at the very same New York auction house.

In the film, Sam played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings “As Time Goes By,” while Rick (Bogart) and Ilsa (Bergman) lean on the piano and clink champagne glasses. Then Rick pronounces the ever so famous line of all time: “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”

The exhibition times to take one last look at this piano before it goes up for auction are as follows:

Exhibition in New York:

Sat, 08 Dec 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sun, 09 Dec 12 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon, 10 Dec 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tue, 11 Dec 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wed, 12 Dec 12 | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thu, 13 Dec 12 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Sotheby's New York is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at the corner of 72nd Street and York Avenue. The 10-story auction house is one block from the FDR Drive.


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