The perfect AvGeek Christmas present: Concorde’s prized front row seats to be auctioned

Nov 28, 2019

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That’s right, for a cool £2,500 you could treat yourself or a deserving AvGeek to a piece of aviation history — seats 1C and 1D of arguably the most famous passenger aircraft of all time  — Concorde.

The coveted front row seats were directly in front of the Machmeter which alerted passengers when they had broken the speed of sound. Favourites of the rich and famous, the seats were no stranger to a celebrity or two and can boast having carried Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue, to name but a few, across the Atlantic.

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They’re pretty much still fully functioning. You can fold down your tray, fill your seat pockets, buckle yourself in and recline in style in the comfort of your own living room or office. No smoking though, the ashtrays have been taken away for health and safety reasons, of course.

Why not complete the set and buy a hostess trolley, too? Again, it could be all yours for £2,500. Serving Christmas dinner from Concorde’s food trolley should be on every AvGeek’s bucket list, right?

The anonymous seller is quoted by Metro to have said: “Aviation was, for many years, my all-consuming passion. Concorde represents the pinnacle in terms of aircraft design and performance.”

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, of Humbert & Ellis in Towcester, Northamptonshire, who is selling the items, added: “Concorde was an absolute design icon and as much effort went into interior styling as outside.

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“1C and 1D were the seats of choice for the rich and famous as they had extra leg room. Seats 1A and 1B were by the door.”

The seats come with a letter of authenticity from Captain Philip Benson that confirms they were installed on Concorde G-BOAB in 1976.

The auction will take place on 5 December

All images courtesy of Humbert & Ellis

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