Seats from the Concorde (photo: Marc Labarbe/Twitter)
You might not have gotten to fly aboard the supersonic Concorde jet before it was grounded in 2003, but you'll soon have a chance to own a piece of it.
In November, 1,000 artifacts from the famous plane, ranging from screws and cockpit instruments to menus, seats, and oxygen masks, will be sold at an auction in Toulouse, France.
Prices start at 15 euros (US$17) for bolts and such. An inflight menu with original artwork will set you back an estimated 80 euros (US$89). And a toilet seat can be yours for 300 euros (US$335).
A bona fide aviation pioneer, the Concorde, which began flying commercially in 1979 under the operation of British Airways and Air France, traveled at more than twice the speed of sound. It took only two hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds to get from London to New York—a journey that takes about eight hours on conventional aircraft.
Fares reflected what a privilege that was. Round-trip tickets usually cost more than £8,000 (US$10,000).