Casablanca Buick Phaeton car offered at $500,000 with Bonhams

In a special auction curated by Turner Classic Movies, Bonhams will offer a 1940 Buick Phaeton car that was used in the final act of Casablanca.

Casablanca Buick phaeton car
The car was part of the Warner Bros fleet and featured in other classic movies of the era aside from Casablanca

The sale, entitled What Dreams Are Made Of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction, will be held on November 25 in New York, with the Buick Phaeton expected to see bids of between $450,000 and $500,000.

The car appears in the final act of the classic 1942 movie, as Claude Rains drives to the airport at gunpoint with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henried inside. It was part of the Warner Bros fleet, and therefore also appears in other classic films of the era, such as High Sierra (1941).

Check out this superb pair of jodhpurs worn by Humphrey Bogart we have for sale.

Maltese Falcon statuette bonhams
The statuette has been described as 'arguably the most important film prop ever used'

The highlight of the auction will be one of just two statuettes made for 1941 movie The Maltese Falcon, which is speculated to sell for a seven-figure sum. Bonhams' Anne Wilson explained to Paul Fraser Collectibles:

"The market will decide for this extraordinary and unique piece of cinema history."

Bonhams' Catherine Williamson, director of entertainment memorabilia, added: "This Maltese Falcon statuette is one of the most important pieces of cinematic history ever to come on the market, and it is with great pleasure that we present this rare cinematic icon."

The statuette is joined by Sam Spades' burgundy leather chair from the film, which is valued at $150,000-200,000. It last sold for $32,200 at Christie's in 1997, demonstrating the ever-increasing value of top movie memorabilia.

Steve McQueen Le Mans jacket
Le Mans is adored by both film and racing fans alike, and the jacket worn by McQueen is one of the most recognisable elements of the film

Also expecting stellar bids is Steve McQueen's iconic racing jacket from Le Mans, which will almost certainly exceed its $80,000-120,000 estimate.

The watch worn by McQueen in Le Mans, a Tag Heuer Monaco, sold for $799,500 at Nate D Sanders in July 2012. His racing suit from the film made $984,000 at Profiles in History in 2011.

McQueen was renowned as an avid car collector, check out Paul Fraser Collectibles' list of his best motors.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has actor Paul Newman's personally owned racing jacket for sale.

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