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Auction viewing opens in Stockholm Friday - auction in August

25,000 ABBA items for summer sale in Sweden

Published torsdag 27 juni 2013 kl 20.34
"I'm a born collector and maybe now I'll collect champagne corks"
(7:41 min)
Thomas Nordin with his ABBA Collection.Photo:Jonas Ekströmmer/Scanpix

Stockholm Auction House is to sell the biggest collection of ABBA memorabilia ever to go under the  hammer - more than 25,000 items. Fans can go to a viewing from Friday.

The ABBA Collection belongs to one private owner, Thomas Nordin, who started his collection 39 years ago when he received the single Waterloo from his mother. 

Radio Sweden's Dave Russell has met Thomas Nordin. Listen here:

The 48-year-old tailor, who will be keeping three pieces of memorabilia back for himself, tells Radio Sweden that with his fiftieth birthday approaching, it was time for a change.

Stockholm's Auction House has put a minimum price of SEK 830,000 on the collection, which will be sold in 450 lots over two days in August.

Thomas Nordin has amassed his collection through friends, other collectors, book shops, record shops and the internet.

Highlights from his collection include a pair of ABBA clogs exclusively for the American market.

In 1999, the entire collection was loaned out to “ABBA The Exhibition” at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Nordin tells Radio Sweden that he will now enjoy the empty space in his apartment and take a long vacation.  

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