Concorde Goes Under The Hammer

It could be the sale of the century for aviation enthusiasts when Air France puts parts from its retired supersonic Concorde fleet on offer at a Paris auction room next month.

The sale is being held to mark the end of the aircraft`s 27 years service and everything from the famous nose cone to smaller pieces of memorabilia will go under the hammer.

Auctioneer`s Christie`s will offer a total of 200 lots, including photographs and scale models of the plane, and the proceeds will go towards children`s causes supported by Air France.

The famous drooping nose cone has a guide price of EUR10,000 (USD$11,000) to EUR15,000 but prices for other mementoes of the pioneering aircraft are as low as EUR20. There are no reserve prices, so everything must go.

Air France chief executive Jean-Cyril Spinetta told the BBC: “We hope this landmark sale will contribute to the memories of this human and technological adventure as well as raising funds for good causes.”


Francois Curiel, chairman of Christie`s Europe, told the broadcaster: “It is a testimony to French and European technology, and we are proud to welcome in our saleroom admirers of the great white bird which made us all dream.”