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Abba singer auctions personal objects

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Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad, the brunette singer from the Swedish popband Abba, has sold some of her personal objects at an auction. The sale fetched more than SFr100,000, which will go to a home in Misery in canton Fribourg, which cares for the mentally handicapped.

This content was published on September 29, 2001 - 21:18

Lyngstad, better known as Frida, sold 200 of her personal valuables following her decision to move house and leave her current home in Misery where she has lived for many years.

Saturday's event attracted a few thousand people, however, the singer herself could not attend the auction due to illness. The items for sale included furniture, clothes, shoes, crockery and a handful of the popband's kitsch performance costumes.

The most expensive item of the auction was a blue mercedes, which was sold for SFr37,000 ($22,800). A golden Abba record found a buyer for SFr2,300 ($1,420) and four signed records fetched SFr750 ($ 460) each.

The money raised will be handed over to the Fribourg Foundation for the Mentally Handicapped, which hopes to launch a new institute, which will be called "La Colombière".

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