ABBA and The Who memorabilia tops Bonhams entertainment sale

Rob B

Rob B

2015-12-11 14:18:08

From ABBA's timeless pop to The Who's destructive rock, the latest Bonhams Entertainment auction offered something for every collector.

The Bond Street sale featured music memorabilia spanning decades and generations, from The Who and Bob Marley to ABBA and Ed Sheeran.

Amongst the star lots was the piano on which ABBA composed most of their hits, including Fernando, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money, Take a Chance on Me, Thank You for the Music, Voulez-Vous and Does Your Mother Know.

The group's songwriting team of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus bought the piano in 1972, and shipped it to the remote Swedish island of Viggsö where Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog owned a small cottage.

It was here, in a tiny outbuilding, that the group composed their hits, and the piano remained there for seven years before they replaced it with a better model. Andersson had once described it as "not one of the best pianos I have played on but it sure did the work well to compose some good songs on."

Having been restored and displayed at the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, the piano sold at Bonhams for £35,000 to an internet bidder.

The sale's leading lot was a display featuring two guitars played by by Pete Townshend during The Who's 1989 25th anniversary tour. One of the guitars was suitably smashed and mounted like a trophy, and together the pair sold for £52,500.

Further notable lots included a rare Led Zeppelin concert poster dating from 1969 which soared above estimate to achieve £10,625, and a set of lyrics for the song 'Keep on Movin', handwritten by Bob Marley in 1977, which sold for £10,000.

The auction also included a custom-painted 'Green T' Fender Stratocaster played by Ed Sheeran on his most recent world tour, which achieved an impressive £12,500.

Natalie Downing, Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Specialist, said: "Musical instruments continue to command a premium in the collectors' market, evident in the excellent prices achieved at today's sale, where a musical instrument from The Who's Pete Townshend was the top lot in the sale."

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