Iconic World War II Spitfire fetches £1.7 million at Bonhams
The iconic two- seat Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire TR Mark IX, which was up for auction at Bonhams, has been sold for a whopping £1,739,500 ($2,544,130) at the RAF Museum, London. The World War II spitfire was sold during a Bonhams Collectors Motor Car sale, which made a total of £3.8m. The aircraft was bought by Steven Brooks, a British financier and polar adventurer. He is the first person to drive across the Bering straights from America to Russia in 2002 and lately, he became the first person to fly from pole to pole by helicopter landing in Antarctica in January 2005. It was the second iconic World War II spitfire that Bonhams has offered within the last seven months. The civilian-registered “G-ILDA” Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire TR Mark IX was originally a single-seat Mark IX, but now it offers extra accommodation and flexibility of the two-seat trainer option. The airworthy two-seater Vickers-Supermarine MkIX Spitfire aircraft was earlier expected to fetch something between £1.5 million and £2 million.