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

December 14, 2012 - 3:33 PM
Casablanca Piano Auction

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the piano used in the movie “Casablanca.” An unidentified buyer plunked down $602,500 for the piano that played "As Times Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca." The 58-key upright sold at Sotheby's New York on Friday. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)

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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