ABBA Jumpsuit: from riches to rags?

2 03 2010

A $10,000 reward is being offered for an ABBA jumpsuit stolen in Healesville, but police say it may have already been burnt to ashes.

The memorabilia was stolen from a shed in Don Rd last May, with initial reports stating that it was sold in a garage sale.

The white one-piece was originally worn by blonde singer Agnetha Faltskog on the cover of the band’s 1976 best-selling record, ABBA arrival.

Sen-Constable Jordan Brown from Lilydale CIU said information was given to police that it may have been destroyed in a fire.

“Someone has given us information that it could have been incinerated,” Sen-Constable Brown said. “The thieves may have not seen the value in it and thought it was rubbish … they might have seen it as bundles of rags.”

Sen-Constable Brown said two people, who were living in the house at the time of the theft, were being questioned over the incident.

Paul Dainty, promoter of the Abbaworld exhibition, said he was prepared to give anyone who returns the missing jumpsuit a $10,000 reward.

Dainty wants to showcase the collector’s item in the exhibition, which will be held at Federation Square in June.

But Sen-Constable Brown thinks it is “highly improbable” that it will be returned for the exhibition.

The victim, who was given the jumpsuit after a plane trip during the Swedish group’s 1977 Australian tour, was extremely upset over the possible destruction of the irreplaceable memorabilia.

“She was very disappointed that something that had such a historical significance in the music world may have been destroyed,” Sen-Constable Brown said. BY HANNAH DONELLAN

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