The 58-key upright piano, actor and vocalist Dooley Wilson used to play As Time Goes By in Casablanca, is up for auction at Sothebys this weekend. It’s estimated worth is $1.2 million. That figure is expected rise once it become available.
The movie prop was used in key scenes, including the moment when Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) hid the Letters of Transit provided by the tragic character, Ugarte (Peter Lorre). Rick and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) leaned on the piano drinking champagne as Paris prepared for the imminent arrival of the German blitzkreig. Clinking glasses, Bogie uttered the iconic line: Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.
DOOLEY WILSON / INGRID BERGMAN
Herman Hupfeld originally wrote As Time Goes By for the 1931 Broadway show Everybody’s Welcome. The tune was voted #2 on the AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Songs television special, commemorating the best music in film. National Public Radio included the composition in their NPR 100, the 1999 list of the most important American musical works of the 20th century as compiled by their music editors.
Sam’s piano was previously sold by Sothebys to a Japanese collector in 1988 for $154,000. Due to high demand, the auction house and current Japanese owner have allowed the piano to be put on display for a few days for public view. The exhibition times are currently from 10a-5p.
Located one block from the famous FDR Dr., Sothebys is at the intersection of 72nd St. and York Ave. in the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York.
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