Casablanca piano to fetch over $1m


The piano from the Oscar-winning film Casablanca could fetch more than $1 million when it is sold at auction in New York next month on the 70th anniversary of the premiere of the classic movie, Sotheby’s said.

The 58-key piano, on which actor and singer Dooley Wilson performed As Time Goes By, has a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million for the auction. In the film Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, star-crossed lovers Rick and Ilsa, leaned on the piano in a flashback to their time in Paris. “How can anything say ‘I love you’ better than the piano from Casablanca?”said David Redden, vice-chairman at Sotheby’s .

– (Reuters)