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.
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.