The film won three Oscars and is loaded with quotable lines and memorable scenes. One of the most misquoted movie lines of all time, "Play It Again Sam", revolves around the piano in this film.
The actual quotes are:
- "Play it once, Sam, for old times' sake, play 'As Time Goes By'" (Bergman), and
- "You played it for her, you can play it for me... If she can stand to listen to it, I can. Play it!" (Bogart)
Indeed one of the most memorable scenes is when Sam plays "As Time Goes By" on the piano, just as the auction house did recently at the time of the auction.
The piano was estimated by Sotheby's to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million, however sold for $602,500.
David Redden, vice chairman at Sotheby's says "It's quite colorful, green and distressed yellow. And you don't realize how small it is, so small in fact Bogart and Bergman sort of tower over it."
Redden also reveals that Dooley Wilson, the actor who portrayed Sam, was a trumpeter rather than a pianist. "He is sort of miming the fingering. But someone else is playing nearby and he was following the real player," Redden said.
The piano's new owner remains anonymous.
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