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Concorde auction going, going fast

September 29, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

An auction of hundreds of parts from the defunct Concorde supersonic jet began in southern France, giving bidders a shot at everything from landing gear and cockpit gauges to silverware and an oven.

The auction is aimed at raising funds for a planned park and museum in southwestern Toulouse, home to plane maker Airbus.

The first item to go among the 835 lots was a Concorde filling valve, which sold for $638.

Three of the jet's trademark needle noses were auctioned in London and Paris in 2003 and 2004, the first of which went for more than half a million dollars.

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