Psst...fancy a piece of Concorde?

Want to plant Concorde's pointed nose in your garden or turn the captain's seat into your living room chair?

    A trans-Atlantic Concorde ticket cost more than $11,000

    Well, if you have the money you can because more than two hundred souvenirs of the supersonic

    passenger jet are up for grabs in Paris this month.

    Christie's auctioneers will sell everything from the plane's instruction manual to the engine at an auction on 15 November.

    Concorde was put into retirement last month as already high

    running costs escalated after an Air France Concorde crashed in

    July 2000, killing 113 people.

    Plane-maker Airbus this year sealed the jet's fate, saying

    it would stop supplying parts and maintenance.

    Super sonic speeds

    From Saturday, the curious can wander around exhibits which

    will include wheels and doors as well as the china place

    settings which the world's rich and famous used while crossing

    the Atlantic at over 2000 kph.

    Concorde was grounded due to
    high maintenance costs

    "We hope this landmark sale will contribute to the memories

    of this human and technological adventure as well as raising

    funds for good causes," Air France President Jean-Cyril Spinetta

    said.

    The proceeds of the sale will go to the charitable Air

    France foundation, which supports various childrens' causes.

    The cabin mach-meter, which allowed passengers to track the

    speed of the jet as it broke through the sound barrier, is

    estimated to sell at $1700, while

    the engine could raise around $

    100,000.

    Last flight

    "It was quite difficult. Some pieces are very heavy, others

    are very large," Emmanuelle Vidal, business director at the

    auction house, said.

    "We had to make sure to set up all

    these things in a harmonious way."

    Vidal said she hoped to raise around $170,000 in total.

    At the lower end of the price range, some pipes and tools

    could find a new home for less than $100, well below the

    price of a return ticket over the Atlantic, for which passengers

    had to pay more than $11,000.

    Global media and thousands of Concorde fans around the world

    watched the supersonic airliner complete its last commercial

    flight over the Atlantic last month.

    In Britain, British Airways Concorde souvenirs will be 

    auctioned on 1 December, with prices ranging from

    $50 to $60,000.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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