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Concorde nose cone sold for £63,000 at auction

Concorde nose cone Image copyright Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers
Image caption The nose cone will now take pride of place in a hotel foyer after being bought for £63,000 including buyer fees

A rare nose cone from the original Concorde passenger plane has sold at auction for £63,000.

The 11ft (3.35m) tall cone, which dates from the 1970s, will now adorn a hotel foyer in the south of England after it was sold on Thursday.

Concorde's last commercial flight took place on 23 October 2003.

Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert, of JP Humbert Auctioneers in Towcester, Northamptonshire, said: "I knew this lot would 'take off'."

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Media captionA tour inside the last ever Concorde to fly

The item is said to be the only unused nose cone from the few originally made for the Concorde fleet in the 1970s.

It was designed to rise and fall for take-off and landing and for supersonic flight.

The cone which was sold at auction had never been fitted to an aircraft and never had what was called the 'pitot tube' cut into it in order to fit it to the aircraft.

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