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ABBA piano looking to raise money, money, money at auction

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 01:46

The ''ABBA piano'' which featured on the band's most celebrated songs heads to auction, kicking off with a tribute performance. Holly Rubenstein reports.

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The piano used to play the iconic glissando that kicks off ABBA's "Dancing Queen" is looking to raise some money, money, money at auction - or between 600,000 and 800,000 pounds, to be more precise. The instrument is featured in Sotheby's rock and pop auction in London, and ABBA tribute act Bjorn Again were there, showcasing the band's greatest hits. SOUNDBITE Sotheby's Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, Philip Errington, saying (English): "The main point about it is that it was used by ABBA on their first five studio recordings, so there are some significant ABBA number one hits, those songs which we all know, which were recorded on this very instrument. So, 'Mamma Mia', 'Dancing Queen', 'Thank You For The Music' - it's this very piano that you hear on those timeless recordings. SOUNDBITE Sotheby's Specialist in Books and Manuscripts, Philip Errington, saying (English): "It's come from Stockholm. It's been there ever since. It's being sold by the recording studio and it is known, and has been known for many years as the 'ABBA Piano'." And it comes with a certificate of authentication by ABBA's co-founder Benny Andersson, who described it as "one of a kind and a great source of inspiration while working in the recording studio during the ABBA sessions". Which winner will take it all? ABBA's piano, along with a host of other musical memorabilia, will go on sale on September 29.

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ABBA piano looking to raise money, money, money at auction

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 01:46