An iconic piano on which actor Dooley Wilson performed “As Time Goes By” in the triple Oscar winning film Casablanca will be auctioned off in New York. The piano fetched $602,500 when it was last sold at an auction in 2012 but it is however expected to fetch $1 million when it goes under hammer on November 24. The 58-key upright instrument will be one of over 30 items sold at Bonham’s Auction House from the classic World War II film put up for sale by a private collector.
In addition to the piano, the auction will include doors of ‘Rick’s Café Americain’ where Bogart and Bergman meet again and rekindle their romance. Passports and transit papers created for the film, the final draft of the original screenplay, signed photographs of the film’s cast will also be sold at the auction.
‘Bonham’s is thrilled to represent this remarkable Casablanca collection, certainly one of the most significant film memorabilia collections still in private hands,’ said the director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonham’s, Catherine Williamson.
The auction will also include a gown worn by actress Rita Hayworth in 1946 film ‘Gilda’ and costumes worn by Barbra Streisand in the films “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “The Way We Were” and “Yentl.”