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'Casablanca' piano auctioned for $602,500

The piano used for the song "As Time Goes By" in the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" has fetched more than $600,000 at auction, The Associated Press reports.

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 had purchased the movie prop at a Sotheby's auction in 1988 for $154,000.

Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine in the Oscar-winning World War II love story, opposite Ingrid Bergman's character, Ilsa Lund.

In a famous flashback scene, Rick and Ilsa lean on the piano at a Paris bistro. Sam, played by Dooley Wilson, plays and sings.

They toast as Rick says: "Here's looking at you, kid."

Meanwhile, a rare archive of letters and drawings by "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz did not find a buyer at a New York City auction.

Sotheby's had estimated that the letters would sell for $250,000 to $350,000 at Friday's sale.

The cartoonist wrote the affectionate letters to a young woman in 1970-1971.

The 44 letters included 22 original drawings of some of the comic strip's characters, including Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy.

Sotheby's called it the most significant collection of correspondence and drawings by Schulz to come to auction.

Schulz died in 2000 at age 77.

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