'Casablanca' Piano Sells for Less Than Expected
The piano from the classic Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman film Casablanca has sold at auction on Friday, bringing in close to $200,000 less than lowest estimates.
Expected to sell from anywhere between $800,000 to $1.2 million, the blue-and-white upright on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) played it again -- "it" being doomed lovers Rick and Ilsa's song, "As Time Goes By" -- fetched $602,500 at Sotheby's, Reuters reports.
The prop was put up for auction by a Japanese collector who purchased it for $154,000 at a Sotheby's auction in 1988. The film, considered one of the best of all time, celebrated its 70th birthday this year.
Earlier this week, a rare poster for Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) sold for $1.2 million. The art deco image came bundled with other memorabilia, including the poster for King Kong (1933), The Invisible Man (1933) and the original oil painting of Elvis Presley used on the poster for Jailhouse Rock (1957).