'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600K

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BURBANK, : The piano used in the movie "Casablanca" to play "As Time Goes By" sits on display inside the new Warner Brothers Studio Museum 13 June in Burbank, California. The new facility displays memorabilia from past Warner Brothers productions to honor the contribution of actors, filmmakers and technical talents who have created scores of hit films and television programs. AFP PHOTO/Kim KULISH (Photo credit should read KIM KULISH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The piano used for the song "As Times Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" has fetched more than $600,000 at auction.

The 58-key upright was sold to an unidentified buyer for $602,500 at Sotheby's New York on Friday.

Its pre-sale estimate was up to $1.2 million.

It was 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.

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."
 

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