Concorde Goes Under The Hammer

11th Sep 2003

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.”



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