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Casablanca piano sells for $600K at auction

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NEW YORK -- 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 Second World War love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 15, 2012 G2

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