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Saturday 19 April 2014

Casablanca piano coming to auction

A piano which features in the film Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is to go under the hammer

The piano used for the song As Times Goes By in the classic 1942 film Casablanca is getting another turn at fame.

The instrument is going up for sale at Sotheby's in New York on December 14, and the auction house estimates it will fetch up to 1.2 million US dollars.

It's being offered by a Japanese collector on the film's 70th anniversary.

The collector purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 for 154,000 US dollars.

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 the line: "Here's looking at you, kid."

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