Two original bamboo and wicker chairs used as set decoration in Rick’s Cafe American in the 1942 classic film Casablanca. Bamboo framed chairs measure 17.5 x 35 x 16 and are wicker wrapped. One chair is stamped “Made in Belgium,” on the bottom and has handwritten production/inventory markings: “A 501-455,” “BS 7442,” “WH.” Second chair has handwritten markings which read “A 501-763,” and “BS 7632.” Both the chairs’ wicker seats have been replaced with painted wood panels. In overall very good condition, with some missing and loose wicker, primarily to the back rest, some loose nails, and expected age wear.
Originally purchased over 30 years ago, when in 1982, Omega Cinema Props auctioned off its Hollywood artifact inventory, they have remained in the consignor’s steadfast care since that time. The chairs were featured in a 2009 Palm Springs episode of Antiques Roadshow: authenticity can be confirmed by the presence of the “Made in Belgium” and special handwritten production markings. Modeled after the Hotel El Minzah in Tangiers, Rick’s Cafe was the center point of the film—these very chairs were a part of such iconic scenes as Sam’s rendition of ‘As Time Goes By.’ An incredibly desirable and uncommon dual offering from one of the most iconic films of all time. RR Auction COA.