A Concorde nose cone sold for $550,000 at an auction of memorabilia and spare parts from the retired supersonic jet. To loud applause from other bidders in West London, the auctioneer made the sale to Ferenc Gaspar, a New York resident.
A gray wool Concorde blanket expected to fetch $100 went for $2,000. Travel company employee Lucy Powell expected to have to bid about $6,000 for two passenger seats but ended up paying $15,500. The auction raised $1.3 million, nearly a half-million of it for charity.