ABBA piano could make money, money, money at Bonhams

Nathan Parke

Nathan Parke

2015-11-16 12:03:02

A piano used by ABBA to write some of their biggest hits will go up for auction in London next month.

The piece of music history will be amongst the star lots of the Bonhams Entertainment memorabilia sale on December 10.

The band first acquired the piano in 1972, and transported it to the famous 'writing cottage' owned by Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, situated on the island of Viggsö in the Swedish archipelago.

It was there, sat in a small hut barely big enough for the piano and two chairs, that Benny Andersson and Ulvaeus composed almost all of ABBA's greatest hits between 1972-1979.

These list of classic songs includes Fernando, Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Money Money Money, Take a Chance on Me, The Name of the Game, Thank You for the Music, Voulez-vous, I Have a Dream, Does Your Mother Know and Chiquitita.

As Andersson once remarked, "the small piano was not one of the best pianos I have played on but it sure did the work well to compose some good songs on."

In 1979, having served the band so well for seven years, the piano was traded in for another model. The subsequent owners painted it white, but it was restored to its original condition and given a good tune-up by its present owners, who loaned it to the ABBA World touring exhibition.

Since 2013, with Andersson's blessing, the piano has served as one of the star exhibits at the ABBA Museum in Stockholm. It will now be offered for sale at Bonhams with an estimated price of £30,000-£40,000 ($46,000-$61,000).

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