Lonely Planet Writer

Now you can own your own little piece of Concorde thanks to this wacky auction

It’s the most unforgettable aircraft to ever grace the skies, so, if you’ve always fancied owning a little piece of Concorde, your time is coming. A French auction house, Marc Labarbe, is auctioning off 1000 pieces of the iconic jet that flew at more than twice the speed of sound, including flight instruments, menus, memorabilia, toilet seats and cutlery.

A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images
A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Concorde holds the record of two hours, 52 minutes and 59 seconds for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic from London to New York by a civil aircraft. Its famous passengers include Queen Elizabeth II of England and star of The Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger. Passengers dined in luxury aboard the luxury jet, which was hugely admired.

Concorde in its heyday.
Concorde in its heyday. Image by George W / CC BY 2.0

While it had a glorious history, sadly the iconic jet also experienced tragedy in 2000. 109 people on board and four on the ground were killed when a jet exploded into flames just 90 seconds after taking off in Paris, the only fatal accident in Concorde’s 27 years of operation.

A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Marc Labarbre
A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Marc Labarbre

The planes were grounded in 2003 when Airbus opted to discontinue maintenance, but their memory still fascinates aviation fans. Fans will be intrigued to learn that a remarkable piece of wood marquetry of the supersonic plane signed by André Turcat, the first pilot to ever fly Concorde, is among the items on offer at the unique auction. Also included is the Air France Concorde menu illustrated by various famous French artists like Christian Lacroix, which is expected to fetch between €50-80.

A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Marc Labarbre
A French auction house is offering people a chance to own a piece of Concorde. Image: Marc Labarbre

Prices range from €15 to €7000, and the parts come from the Airbus A300 and Airbus A380. Prior to the auction, the items will be exhibited at the Saint Aubin Auction House in France from Saturday 22 October to Sunday 30 October 2016. See here for further information.