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Four-day Concorde auction ending
A Concorde loo seat is part of the sale

A four-day auction of spare Concorde parts and memorabilia, billed as the largest ever of its kind, has been held in Toulouse, south west France.

The auction, which could raise close to 1m Euro (697,000), saw a cockpit mach-meter sell for 20,000. A toilet fetched 3,500.

The money will go towards an aviation museum in Toulouse, which will include one of the two supersonic jets it owns.

Concorde was an Anglo-French project, with work taking place near Bristol.

'Rocketing prices'

Conspicuously absent from the sale was Concorde's trademark needle nose.

Three of them were auctioned in London and Paris in 2003 and 2004 - the first of which went for more than half a million dollars.

Concorde was decommissioned by British Airways in 2003 after being in service for three decades.

Former French pilot Jacky Ramon added: "There have been auctions in the past and prices are rocketing."

About 1,000 items went under the hammer over the four days.


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