‘Casablanca’ Piano Drastically Undersells At Auction

The piano from the 1942 film Casablanca has sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $602,000 — half of its projected sale price.

The upright piano is played by club pianist Sam (actor Dooley Wilson), who noodles the song As Time Goes By for for Ilsa (actress Ingrid Bergmann), which prompts the club owner, Rick, to storm over angrily and ask why he’s playing that song. It is at that moment that Rick and Ilsa reconnect once again. 

The 58-key instrument has been privately owned by a Japanese client; it was originally sold by Sotheby’s in 1988 for $154,000.

The identity of the most recent buyer is also being kept private, Huffington Post reports.

You can watch the famous clip below: 


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