Casablanca piano could fetch $1.2 million at auction
Regarded as culturally, historically, or aesthetically the most significant American films, the WW II American romantic drama that achieved a ‘near perfect entertainment balance’ of comedy, romance, suspense, and intrigue, is still bracing after all these years. Even 7 decades after its first premier with great patriotic fanfare on 26th Nov. 1942, coinciding with the Allied invasion of Morocco; this classic known by the enduring craftsmanship of its resonantly hokey dialogue retains a special appeal among movie lovers and film memorabilia collectors. After two of the most desirable items associated with the film, the Casablanca movie poster and Best Director Oscar were offered on sale, now auctioneer Sotheby’s will offer the iconic Casablanca piano played by character Sam (Dooley Wilson) in the Paris flash back scene. Expected to fetch as much as $1.2 million, the instrument is being offered by a Japanese collector on the film’s 70th anniversary.
As per the scene, where Sam sings Herman Hupfeld written song ‘As Time Goes By’, one of the most famous songs of all time which was used as a fanfare for Warner Bros. Pictures since 1998, other characters Rick and Ilsa lean on this particular piano drinking champagne and outside, Paris prepares for the imminent arrival of the German army.
And, clinking glasses with Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) utters the famous line “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
Enjoy the video of the iconic song: As Time Goes By
UPDATE: The original 58-key upright “Casablanca” piano known as one of the most iconic props from Hollywood memorabilia on which actor and singer Dooley Wilson performed “As Time Goes By,” the signature song of the 1942 film, sold at Sotheby’s for $602,500 including commission, going for less than its upper estimates of $800,000 to $1.2 million.