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Concorde: Nose cone of supersonic jet up for auction

The nose cone of a Concorde has gone up for auction
Auctioneers believe an original nose cone from the supersonic aircraft could fetch over $100,000. Photo: Humble & Ellis Auctioneers
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Collectors will bid on a rare piece of aviation history this week when a nose cone from the original Concorde passenger plane goes to auction in the United Kingdom.

The 11ft (3.35m) tall cone is said to be the only unused nose cone from the few that were originally made for the Concorde fleet in the 1970s.

The BBC reported a price of between GBP 45,000 ($79,730) and GBP 60,000 ($106,000) has been set by JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester, Northamptonshire.

The supersonic passenger transport’s last commercial flight took place on October 23, 2003.

“We appreciate this is not an inexpensive item,” auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said.

“But I’d be hard pressed to think of a more exclusive and iconic item to sell than a famous nose cone from the world’s fastest commercial plane.”

A British Airways Concorde approaches Heathrow Airport in 1995. Photo: AAP

The auction will take place on Thursday.

Concorde was a supersonic passenger jet which had a maximum speed twice the speed of sound.