ABBA Museum acquires gold records and guitars

by Stella Floras 209 views

Works are progressing at a fast pace at the ABBA museum in Stockholm scheduled to open in mid 2009. The museum's latest acquired exhibits are Björn and Benny's gold and platinum records as well as Benny's guitar used in the Fernando video.

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have given their entire collection of gold and platinum records, aquired throughout the legendary band's long career, to the ABBA museum. The collection includes the "Ring Ring single 100 000 copies 1973 Sweden", "The Album 1 million copies sold 1978 United Kingdom", the "Super Trouper 500 000 copies USA 1980", and the "ABBA Gold 20 million copies world wide" records.

The star-shaped silver guitar Björn was playing on the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest stage in Brighton when the ABBA won with Waterloo is still missing, as is its twin gold one. Both guitars were manufactured by Hagström, the silver one reportedly having been given as a prize for a competition held by German magazine Bravo. Its gold twin is probably in the private collection of a German fan but no trace of the silver one has been found yet.

During the quest for the missing instruments another guitar was found though and it was added to the museum's collection, a star-decorated one with ABBA written in mother-of-pearl on its neck. It turned out it was the very guitar played by Benny Andersson in the Fernando video clip which can be also seen on the cover of the Fernando single.

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