It all started back in 1974, when nine-year-old Thomas Nordin settled down in front of the TV to watch the contest to select the Swedish entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. But he fell asleep and missed ABBA …
However, when the main competition was held in Brighton, he managed to stay awake and witnessed the Swedish quartet’s march to victory. His mother then bought him the single “Waterloo” and the die was cast. Thomas has a lot to thank ABBA for – even his choice of career was down to the Swedish pop sensation. When he saw their fantastic costumes, he was so fascinated by them that he decided to become a tailor. He followed his dream and now works as a master tailor, cutting and making stage costumes.
Thomas Nordin started collecting everything ABBA-related he could get his hands on, and today – 39 years later – his collection comprises an astounding 25,000 items. Naturally, there are a great many records with highlights including the LP featuring “Ring Ring”, Japan 1973, an alternative mix of the single “Waterloo”, and the 12-inch versions of “Hovas Vittne” and “Sång till Görel”. The collection also includes unusual merchandise from the United States, Japan and Australia. For example, there are ABBA clogs made exclusively for the American market, rare ABBA soaps and ABBA dolls, a huge collection of clippings and books, and authentic posters.
In 1999, the entire collection was loaned out to “ABBA The Exhibition” at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Thomas also loaned some of his records to the travelling exhibition “ABBA World”, which was hosted in venues in London, Australia and Hungary, for example, before finding a permanent home at ABBA The Museum, which is to open in Stockholm on 7 May.
The ABBA Collection by Thomas Nordin at Stadsauktion, Magasin 5, Frihamnen, Stockholm.
Viewing: 28 June–10 August
Auction: 10–11 August
Stadsauktion, Magasin 5, Frihamnen, Stockholm
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