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Casablanca Piano Goes Under the Hammer

The iconic piano featured in the 1942 film Casablanca will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction in New York in November. The 58-key upright piano owned by Bogart’s character Rick is expected to sell for seven figures when hit the auction block. This instrument is one of two from the film in which actor and singer Dooley Wilson sang “As Time Goes By,” the signature song for lovers played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
The piano fetched $602,500 when it was last sold at an auction in 2012 but it is now expected to bring much more.

The iconic piano from Casablanca Movie to be sold at auction
Humphrey Bogart leans on the soon to be auctioned piano Dooley Wilson is playing in a scene from the film Casablanca

In addition to the piano, the auction will include include interior and exterior doors from the Casablanca nightclub where Bogart and Bergman meet again and rekindle their romance. Signed photographs by the film’s cast members, the final draft of the original screenplay and passports and papers created for the movie will also be sold.

The auction will also include a gown worn by actress Rita Hayworth in 1946’s “Gilda” and Barbra Streisand costumes from the films “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “The Way We Were” and “Yentl.”

This offers are part of the sale by Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), which include 30 items, all from a private collector.

The iconic piano from Casablanca Movie to be sold at auction
The iconic piano from Hollywood romance film 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.
The iconic piano from Casablanca Movie to be sold at auction
The piano used in the 1942 movie Casablanca to play ‘As Time Goes By’ is expected to sell at an auction in New York for at least $1 million

The iconic piano from Casablanca Movie to be sold at auction
The iconic piano from Casablanca Movie to be sold at auction

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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