ABBA collector cashes in with memorabilia

Picture taken on June 26, 2013 shows dolls of the members of the legendary Swedish pop group Abba are some of the memorabilia items that are to be auctioned off from the collector Tomas Nordin's Abba collection at Stockholms auktionsverk in Stockholm on August 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / SCANPIX SWEDEN / JONAS EKSTROEMER SWEDEN OUT (Photo credit should read JONAS EKSTROEMER/AFP/Getty Images)
JONAS EKSTROEMER

A fan of the Swedish pop group ABBA saw the money, money, money roll in as his collection of more than 25,000 ABBA albums, posters and other memorabilia was sold at an auction house in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stockholm's Auktionsverk said private collector Thomas Nordin's stash of ABBA items sold for 560,000 Swedish kronor ($86,000) over the weekend.

A rare vinyl recording of "Hovas vittne" from 1981 -- made as a 50th birthday tribute to the group's manager, Stig Anderson, and distributed just to party guests- fetched more than double the asking price at 51,500 kronor ($7,905).

A purple ABBA baseball jacket that started at 4,000 kronor was sold for 38,000 kronor ($5,833). Bidders from around the world also went for ABBA Barbie dolls, bags, soaps, clogs, posters and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

The 25,000 items had been divided into 442 lots, allowing bidders to buy sets of clippings, CDs or posters, and many of the less eye-catching items were sold for small amounts.

Nordin amassed his ABBA memorabilia collection over nearly 40 years. He became a fan when he was 9 years old and watched the four-piece group on television, winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 for their hit, "Waterloo."

The group is famous for other songs such as "Money, Money, Money" and "Dancing Queen."

A museum devoted to ABBA opened in Stockholm in May.