On the Auction Block: A Frank Lloyd Wright Window and the “Casablanca” Piano

Blair Pfander
On the Auction Block: A Frank Lloyd Wright Window and the “Casablanca” Piano
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There’s catalog shopping, and then there’s auction catalog shopping—and trust us, if you can afford it, the latter is always preferable.
Particularly when the new listings include things like a signed nude calendar of Marilyn Monroe (currently $4,000 at Heritage Auctions) or a the iconic piano from “Casablanca” (estimated to go for upwards of $1 million at Sotheby’s).
Of course, if you’re not much for film nostalgia, maybe an original colored glass window by Frank Lloyd Wright is more your speed.
What dream auctions would get your bid this week? Tell us in the comments below.

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The Casablanca Piano: Classic movie buffs will remember this beat-up piano as the one Dooley Wilson played during the Paris flashback scene in "Casablanca." In fact, it was while idling around the instrument that Rick uttered his famous line, "Here's lookin' at you, kid." Estimated $800,000 - $1,200,000, December 14th at Sothebys.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: An original snap by the "father of photojournalism," Henri Cartier-Bresson, depicting Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti crossing a Paris street mid-rainstorm heads to auction this week. Estimated $9,066 - $11,656, December 12th at Christies.

Photo: Christies/Christies


Art Deco Jade and Diamond Case
: Are bad habits counterbalanced by great accessories? Find out with this jade and enamel Deco cigarette case, which features bands of chinoiserie clouds as well as rose-cut diamond and platinum vines. Estimated $8,000 - $10,000, December 12 at Bonhams.

Photo: Bonhams/Bonhams

Frank Lloyd Wright Window: This geometric colored-glass window is unmistakably the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This particular piece, which dates back to 1912, was taken from the Avery Coonley Playhouse. Estimated $200,000 - $300,000, December 14th at Christies.

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17th Century German Silver Menorah: Upgrade your Hanukkah celebrations with a piece of museum-level Judeia history. This 17th century menorah features a figure of Judith with the head of her victim, Holofernes, surrounded by bells, buds and ovals. Estimated $300,000 - $500,000, December 19th at Sothebys.

Photo: Sothebys/Sothebys

Jean Dupas Deco: This colorful illustration by Art Deco artist, Jean Dupas—famous for his elaborate decor aboard 1920's steamships—was commissioned for the "Salon Des Artistes Decorateurs" in 1924.
Estimated $80,000 - $120,000 at
Christie
's.

Photo: Christies/Christies

Marilyn Monroe Nude Calendar: Every interior would benefit from some naked Marilyn Monroe. This 1952 calendar features 12 months of the scantily-clad bombshell, as well as the note: "Love and affection, Marilyn." Current bid $4,000, through December 14th at Heritage Auctions.

Photo: Heritage Auctions/Heritage Auctions

Buick Roadmaster Convertible from "Rain Man": If this 1949 Buick Roadmaster looks familiar, it's because it played an important role in the '88 Tom Cruise flick, "Rainman." Now, the two-door convertible—which features a red leather interior, Straight-8 Fireball 8 cylinders and a modified rear suspension (to hold the extra camera equipment)—hits auction this week. Current bid $40,000, through December 14th at Heritage Auctions.

Photo: Heritage Auctions/Heritage Auctions

Pink Gold Rolex: This 18 karat pink gold automatic Rolex—described as "extremely rare" by Christies—features star and dagger numerals and an oyster perpetual movement. Estimated $300,000 - $500,000, December 14th at Christies.

Photo: Christies/Christies

E.H. Shephard 'Winnie the Pooh': Relive your childhood with an original 1926 storybook illustration by E.H. Shephard. This particular sketch—which hits auction on December 12—features Christopher Robbin dragging Winnie down a flight of stairs. Estimated $70,000 - $100,000 GBP, December 12th at Sothebys.

Photo: Sothebys/Sothebys

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