Sell off to break sound barrier

An auction to set the pulses racing of every plane-mad small boy trapped in a grown-ups body takes place in Toulouse. A hoard of spare parts and what the salerooms call ephemera collected from the what was the French homebase of the old Concorde jet is to go under the hammer there this afternoon.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010
For enthusiasts of the world’s only faster-than-sound airliner – retired in 2003 and very unlikely to ever be replaced - line up of ultimate boys toys will be hard to resist.  How about a cockpit machmeter? Reading up to twice the spend of sound (that’s nearly 1400 mph at sea level) it would make the perfect accessory for any Aston Martin dashboard. Or the arcane sounding Horizontal Position Indicator? Surely a must-have for every bachelor pad bedroom.

Then for those who fancy something a little more, ahem, sculptural for the garden, there’s a main landing gear. Weighing in at over a ton it would make a great talking point, not to mention a sturdy place for hanging out the washing. But if your budget – or lifting equipment – can’t handle that, never fear. Concorde dinner services and even an on-board oven will also be up for grabs. Recreate that unforgettable airline meal experience in the comfort of your own home.

But surely the prize all the serious Concorde trophy hunters covet the most will be the relic from the throne room. No, not the pilot’s chair – the toilet seat. Supersonic.

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