ABBA auction underway now

Published July 01, 2013

As previously reported, long-time ABBA fan Thomas Nordin is putting his enormous collection of ABBA vinyl, CDs, cassettes, 8-track cartridges, cuttings, magazines, posters and other memorabilia up for auction. Everything must go!

I went to view the display of the auction at Stockholms Auktionsverk a few days ago, and I have to say that it was really impressive. Thomas' collection has been very important to me for more than a decade now, as I've borrowed cuttings and whatnot when researching my books, as well as raiding it several times for memorabilia to be featured in the Deluxe Editions of ABBA's album re-releases, not to mention the DVDs ABBA - The Movie and ABBA In Japan. On a number of occasions I have also phoned Thomas up and told him that so-and-so wants to film an ABBA collection for their news report/documentary (I don't have much of a collection myself). On all of these occasions, Thomas has been very helpful and patient, eagerly sharing his collection with the rest of us.

Although part of me is sad to see the collection go, I perfectly understand that Thomas might want to turn over a new leaf and leave the ABBA stuff behind him. As he has said in some of the recent interviews about the auction, he once had a dream to use his collection as a foundation for an ABBA museum. His items have indeed been featured both in the ABBA exhibition at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm and at the touring ABBAWORLD exhibition (which has now morphed into ABBA The Museum, although Thomas' stuff is no longer part of it). What struck me as I visited Stockholms Auktionsverk, though, is that Thomas' dream may partly have come true with this display of his ABBA collection. I've seen his items many times, but this is the first time I've viewed them neatly displayed and organised like this. So it actually works as an exhibition in itself.

For those who are not able to view the collection on location, all the items are available for viewing online as well. More information about the auction is available here.

And, finally, here are a few news items about the auction:

Gomorron Sverige report 01
Gomorron Sverige report 02
AFP story
The Local
Aftonbladet