ABBA Collectibles And Memorabilia
ABBA Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the celebrated Swedish pop group ABBA.
ABBA formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1970 and consisted of Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad on vocals, Björn Ulvaeus on guitar, Benny Andersson on piano/keyboards and Agnetha Fältskog on vocals. ABBA is the fourth best-selling group in music history and to this day still sell between two to three million albums each year.
Benny Andersson was a member of the popular Swedish rock/pop band the Hep Stars, while Björn Ulvaeus performed in the group the Hootenanny Singers; (both Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote and produced the music for all of ABBA's eight studio albums). Agnetha Fältskog was also a successful pop star before joining the band and married Ulvaeus in 1971, while vocalist "Frida" Lyngstad married Andersson in 1978 after joining the group in 1972. (Ulvaeus and Fältskog divorced in 1979 and Andersson and Lyngstad divorced in 1981).
In 1974, the group entered a Eurovision competition with "Waterloo" which instantly became a hit in the U.K. Since then, the group has released numerous hit singles such as "Mamma Mia," "Dancing Queen," "Knowing Me, Knowing You," and "Take a Chance on Me," to name a few.
The band broke-up in 1982 but ABBA's place in the music industry is still thriving today. In 1999, ABBA's music was adapted into the Mamma Mia! musical, and a film adaptation of the musical was released in 2008 with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan cast in the leading roles.
ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Types of memorabilia
Christie's in London sold a Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar which was signed by Agnetha Fältskog for £823 in October of 2001.
The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold a white jumpsuit that was worn by Agnetha Fältskog in the mid-1970s for £600 in November of 2006, and another jumpsuit worn by Fältskog during the 1970s for $2,500 in June of 2007.
Sotheby's in London sold a sales award for the ABBA album Arrival (circa 1980) for £1,058 in June of 2002.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold digital artwork created by Soundwaves Studio which was a digital representation of the song "Mamma Mia" for $3,008 and another digital representation of the same song for $4,096 in June of 2011.
Christie's in London sold an illustrated souvenir concert program for ABBA's tour in 1977 for £646 in April of 2001.
Christie's in London sold four Matchbox vinyl portrait dolls based off of ABBA's band members for £1,013 in May of 1995.
Bonhams in Knightsbridge sold ABBA's first album which was signed by all four members of the band for £480 in 2001.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was signed by all of ABBA's members is considered to be more valuable than memorabilia that was signed by one, two or three members. However, if an ABBA memorabilia item contains one or more signatures, it is considered more valuable than if it doesn't contain any signatures at all.
Restoration of an authentic ABBA instrument is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.