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Fancy owning a piece of Concorde? It's not as expensive as you think...

Aviation at auction

Published 23/09/2016 | 06:37

CONCORDE – 20th anniversary scale model
CONCORDE – 20th anniversary scale model "F-WTSB" - 1/100th, hand painted wood, on its stand. Autographed by Andre Turcat, pilot on the very first flight. Photo: MarkLabarbe.com
Pair of seats designed by French designer Andree Putman in 1993, missing central armrest and one seatbelt. Photo: MarkLabarbe.com
Concorde's last flight from New York lands at Heathrow on October 24, 2003. The airplane was retired from commercial use on that day following a fall in passenger numbers and high maintenance costs. Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
CONCORDE, machmeter "Kollsman Corp. N.Y", height: 8,5 cm, width: 8,5 cm, length: 17 cm. Photo: MarcLabarbe.com
A British Airways Concorde takes off from Heathrow airport in London, 2001. Photo: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A British Airways Concorde on a Christmas flight to Finland, December 24, 1987. Photo: Mohamed LOUNES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Concorde, one of aviation's most iconic creations, is up for sale. But it's not as pricey as you might think.

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The City of Toulouse, birthplace of the supersonic plane, is to host an auction of 1,000 rare Concorde parts this November.

The sale takes place at the Saint Aubin Auction House from November 3-5, with estimates for smaller items starting from just €15.

Up for auction are everything from oxygen masks to flight instruments, menus, mechanical parts and even supersonic toilet seats, according to the Marc Labarbe auction house (marclabarbe.com) in Toulouse.

Pair of seats designed by French designer Andree Putman in 1993, missing central armrest and one seatbelt. Photo: MarkLabarbe.com
Pair of seats designed by French designer Andree Putman in 1993, missing central armrest and one seatbelt. Photo: MarkLabarbe.com

The items can be viewed on exhibit from October 22-30.

Concorde entered service in 1976, with British Airways and Air France operating transatlantic supersonic flights up to late 2003.

With a maximum speed of Mach 2.04, over twice the speed of sound, the aircraft has long since become an icon of 20th century aviation and design.

At its peak, transatlantic tickets cost around £8,000/€9,310.

Concorde's last flight from New York lands at Heathrow on October 24, 2003. The airplane was retired from commercial use on that day following a fall in passenger numbers and high maintenance costs. Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Concorde's last flight from New York lands at Heathrow on October 24, 2003. The airplane was retired from commercial use on that day following a fall in passenger numbers and high maintenance costs. Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

Among the most expensive items up for auction at Toulouse are structural parts and seats, with estimates peaking at around €7,000 for the most sought-after artefacts - including machmeters, altimeters or horizon indicators.

Those with the smaller budgets, however, can bid for items like the Air France Concorde Menu (estimated at around €50-80), technical sheets (€15), and various valves, rings, bolts and pieces of piping (from €20).

Concorde toilet seat. Photo: MarcLabarbe.com
Concorde toilet seat. Photo: MarcLabarbe.com

Also for sale is an "exceptional piece of wood marquetry" of the supersonic plane signed by André Turcat, the first pilot ever to fly Concorde.

Other collectors' items from the aviation world up for auction include seats from the Airbus A300 and parts from the Airbus A380.

CONCORDE, machmeter
CONCORDE, machmeter "Kollsman Corp. N.Y", height: 8,5 cm, width: 8,5 cm, length: 17 cm. Photo: MarcLabarbe.com

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