'Casablanca' piano headed to auction

Published November 27, 2012

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The piano that played the iconic “As Time Goes By” tune in “Casablanca” is going to be up for auction on Dec. 14, giving the highest bidder a chance to own a piece of the classic romance film.

Sotheby’s will auction off the Paris piano Sam played in the film, which is estimated to worth somewhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million. The piano scene was the first filmed by director Michael Curtiz for the film.

The piano was sold by Sotheby’s to a Japanese collector back in 1988 for $154,000. Now, the collector is offering it up for the film’s 70th anniversary.

Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning World War II love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund.

In a famous flashback scene, Rick and Ilsa lean on the piano at a Paris bistro. Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings.

They toast as Rick says: "Here's looking at you, kid."

“Casablanca” premiered on Thanksgiving in 1942, and it won three Oscars in 1943, including Best Picture.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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