The grand brown piano played by the famous Swedish pop band ABBA is all set to hit the auction floor on 29th September in London. Played during the 70s, the brown piano is estimated to be sold in between £600,000 to 800,000 said the auction house. The piano is currently owned by the Metronome Studios in Stockholm, where the band frequently recorded their music in the past. Originally, the piano was designed by Georg Bolin for Bill Evans, an American pianist and not for the ABBA.
The piano was bought by the Metronome Studio in 1967 and from 1973 to 1977 it was used in the band’s recording, producing hits like “Mamma Mia”, “Waterloo” “Dancing Queen”, “SOS” and many more.
Philip Errington an expert from Sotheby’s said that predicting the price of the piano is tricky because of the memories of the band in the market. He also said that the piano may appeal to the band’s fan or to the people who like to collect interesting musical pieces. However, it has been seen that other famous pianos have been able to fetch huge sums, like John Lennon’s upright piano was sold to George Michael for £1.67 million in the year 2000 and another piano that played the melody in the movie “Casablanca” was sold at $3.4 million in 2014.
Philip Errington also reported that “The piano itself is an instrument of real importance and with the added ABBA provenance; we expect it will have a worldwide appeal,”.
The group broke up in the year 1982 after rising to world fame and never performed together since then.
[Via – Billboard]