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'Casablanca' piano sells in NY for more than $600,000

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 presale estimate was up to $1.2 million.

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

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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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3Comments
Dec 14, 2012 1:46PM
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So in about 25 years, the'll "Sell it again Sam."
Dec 14, 2012 2:59PM
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Just one of those great movies which goes on forever and ever. And still a pleasure to view. And "As time goes by" -what music
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