NEW YORK, NY – Remember this scene from Casablanca, where rick turns down an offer to sell the café?
Well, apparently there are some things for sale from the famous film, and they’ll be going on the auction block later this year at Bonhams in New York City.
The Buick Phaeton that took Maj. Strasser on his last ride is one of them. The exterior and interior doors to Rick’s Café Americain are also for sale, as is director Hal Wallis’ working copy of the script.
But Sam’s piano may be the biggest item on the auction block.
Dooley Wilson used it to play “As Time Goes By” and “Knock On Wood”, and Humphrey Bogart used it to hide those valuable letters of transit.
Bonhams thinks it will play to the tune of a million dollars or more.
The other piano, the one used in the Paris flashback scenes, went for $602,500 in 2012.
It’s safe to say that ending up with Sam’s piano, at any price, will be the start of a beautiful friendship.