ABBA piano set to make money, money, money at Sotheby's



2015-09-01 08:41:28

The piano played on ABBA's greatest hits is heading to auction at Sotheby's this month.

The instrument was used to play the famous piano riffs on classics such as ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Money, Money, Money’ and ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’.

Described as "one of the world’s finest pianos", it is the first major piece of ABBA memorabilia to ever hit the market. It will be offered as part of the forthcoming Sotheby's Rock and Pop memorabilia sale in London with an estimated price of £600,000-£800,000.

The piano was originally built by Swedish designer Georg Bolin for the American jazz pianist and composer Bill Evans. It was known as the 'Bolin Grand', and described by Evans in 1964 as "one of the most unbelievable instruments I’ve ever played...I fell in love with it the first time I touched it". 

In 1964 it was acquired by Metronome Studios in Stockholm, where ABBA would record many of their biggest-selling albums. Benny Andersson first used it in 1973, on the 'Ring Ring' album recorded under the name 'Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida', and again on ABBA's first official album 'Waterloo' in 1974. It made subsequent appearances on the albums ABBA (1975), Arrival (1976) and ABBA: The Album (1977).

Talking about the piano earlier this year, Andersson said "The Bolin Grand, one of a kind and a great source of inspiration while working in the recording studio during the ABBA sessions!"

“The opening piano glissando from ‘Dancing Queen’ is one of the most distinctive sounds of the seventies and we are delighted to offer the actual instrument used by the legendary ABBA in their major recordings," said Dr. Philip W. Errington, Sotheby’s Specialist in Books and Manuscripts.

"The piano itself is an instrument of real importance and with the added ABBA provenance we expect it will have worldwide appeal.”

The Sotheby's Rock and Pop sale takes place in London on September 29.

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