Here’s Looking at You, Kid | Bogart’s Buick at Auction

Humphrey Bogart CasablancaNext month, New York City will play host to an incredibly unique and exciting event: “What Dreams Are Made of: A Century of Movie Magic at Auction” held by Bonhams.

Bonhams is a British auctioneer organization, specializing in auctions comprised of fine art and antiques. The company has several large salerooms in Britain, and they hold auctions here in the U.S. in San Fransisco, LA, Boston, and NYC.

This particular auction will feature 300+ highly collectible items like scripts, props, and costumes from classic movies of the 20th century.

Many of these items are high-dollar to say the least, and some are expected to go for hundreds of thousands. Some examples of iconic movie items to be showcased at the auction are Francis Ford Coppola’s working copy of The Godfather screenplay, a prototype prop of Han Solo in carbonite from Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back, and a suit worn by Jack Nicholson during his unforgettable portrayal of the Joker in Batman.

Also up for auction (and the item we’re most excited about): the brown 1940 Buick convertible driven by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca. According to Motor Authority, this Buick model is one of just 230 made from the 1940 model year, not that this makes it any more impressive because the fact that Bogart drove it was all we really needed to know.

Since Casablanca, this one-of-a-kind piece of historical cinema was first sold by Warner Brothers in 1970 to a private owner, and Bogart’s Buick switched hands last in 1995 when it went for just over $200k.

Wondering what Bogart’s Casablanca convertible will go for in November? Bonhams is expecting around half a million for the brown 1940 Buick which will be the only automotive attraction at auction and likely one of the leading stars of the show. Here’s looking at you, kid.

Timeless Buick Beauties

Buick Skylark

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Beautiful isn’t always an adjective associated with cars. Today, when it is, we usually think of flashy sports cars and expensive luxury sedans. But don’t forget about the timeless beauties—the models that have grown more beautiful over the years—their silhouettes still instantly recognizable no matter how much time passes.

MSN Autos recently featured a list of the 15 most beautiful American cars of all time. Not one. but two Buicks made the list.

The first is the 1953 Buick Skylark—Buick’s old-timey luxury drop top four-seater. With a cloth convertible top and windshield that sat lower than typical Buick convertibles of the time, the ’53 Skylark exuded its own unique sense of confidence and elegance that set itself apart from all other models of its time. Fat whitewall tires framing shiny wire wheels sat under a body that sported overstated body lines and basically screamed for attention.

The second, from ten model years later, is the 1963 Buick Riviera. Originally designed as a Cadillac, the Riviera found its eventual home under the Buick brand name. The ’63 Riviera sold like hotcakes in its first year, selling out of all 40,000 manufactured units. The luxury coupe boasted rigid lines and an elongated body—a sculpted marvel that turned as many heads back then as it still would today.

Check out the full list to see what other models were named alongside the Buick beauties, and come visit us at Hutch Chevy Buick GMC for your own taste of timeless.