Sam's piano in the classic movie, "Casablanca" is going to be put for auction at Bonhams this autumn according to "The Guardian" on July 22. The piano is expected to sell for a seven-figure sum in New York. In 2012 the piano that was used during the film for the Paris flashbacks sold for a whopping amount of $602,500.
The beloved classic, "Casablanca," was first released in 1942 and the film was directed by Michael Curtiz. Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, and Peter Lorre starred in the classic. The film won three Academy Awards upon its release for Best Picture, Best Director, and for Best Screenplay. Humphrey Bogart had gotten an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
The popularity of the movie has never died, in 1998 AFI named it number 2 of the top 100 movies it got 3 in 2007. The movie was based off of Joan Alison's unproduced stage play, "Everybody Comes to Rick's."
The famous piano isn't the only "Casablanca," item that is being up for grabs, the interior and exterior doors to Rick's Cafe, passports and papers that were created for the film, and even the final draft of the "Casablanca" screenplay are just a few other things that are going to be up for sale. All of the "Casablanca" items are from a private collector.
The "There's No Place Like Hollywood" memorabilia auction is going to be on preview in Los Angeles from November 6-9, and in New York from November 20-24.
It's also interesting to note that this piano isn't the only Bogart movie memorabilia piece that has been auctioned off at Bonhams. Actually last year a piece of the movie history made a record at the auction, that was the falcon statuette from "The Maltese Falcon." That one item sold for more than 4 million.
So any of you diehard "Casablanca" out there will want to save up for November when this piano is up, because you may want to add it to your home.