Spitfire Auctioned For $4.8 Million | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube



Airborne-Unlimited-09.20.23 Airborne-AffordableFlyers-09.21.23


Sat, Jul 11, 2015

Spitfire Auctioned For $4.8 Million

Seller Donates Proceeds To Wildlife And Veterans' Charities

The airplane had been shot down on May 24, 1940. And while the pilot survived to fly another day, Spitfire P9374 was abandoned to the sands of the beach in Calais, where it was covered and remained until it was rediscovered in 1980. It was in surprisingly good condition, given where it had lain for 40 years.

Fast forward to 2000, when British art collector Thomas Kaplan purchased the aircraft, and had it restored to flying condition ... one of only two flying examples of a Spitfire known to exist. Her first flight since 1940 took place in August, 2011.

On July 9th, the airplane was sold at auction by Christie's, according to a report appearing in Deutsche Welle, and it fetched $4.8 million from an undisclosed buyer.

The sale was held to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. Kaplan donated the proceeds of the auction to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and the wildlife charity Panthera.

We hope that undisclosed buyer will take their "new" airplane out and show it off in the skies above ... well wherever he or she happens to be.

(Image from file)

FMI: https://www.rafbf.org, www.panthera.org


More News

Klyde Morris (09.18.23)

Klyde Is Getting A Little Dizzy Over All This UFO/UAP Frenzy FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.23): Takeoff Roll

Takeoff Roll The process whereby an aircraft is aligned with the runway centerline and the aircraft is moving with the intent to take off. For helicopters, this pertains to the act>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.20.23)

“We are working closely with the FAA and supporting agencies as the investigation into the root-cause commences. The Electron rocket has previously delivered 171 satellites t>[...]

ANN FAQ: Contributing To Aero-TV

How To Get A Story On Aero-TV News/Feature Programming How do I submit a story idea or lead to Aero-TV? If you would like to submit a story idea or lead, please contact Jim Campbel>[...]

Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.14.23: Van's Parts, MWLSA Expo, 10K Young Eagles

Also: Affordable Flying Expo, Aero-Pup Cowling, Young Eagles Air Academy, FAA Admin Nom Oregon-based Van’s Aircraft is developing a web-portal by which customers in receipt o>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2023 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC