Times Square Concorde replica hits the auction block
After the fateful Concorde crash at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris in 2000 and the retirement of the trans-Atlantic Concorde service in 2003, supersonic air travel had almost died. However, the private jet travel industry may be picking up where the Concorde left off. Now, Bonhams’ upcoming Space History Sale on May 5, 2011 is offering a unique chance to own a huge model of the Concorde that was part of a British Airways advertisement in Times Square. Manufactured by L&L Tooling of Texas, this is a 50 percent scale model of the Aérospatiale-BAC Concorde.
The front and rear cabin doors of the Concorde model are marked with silver surrounds, sides of fuselage with the British Airways name and swoosh, aft fuselage with registration number “G-BOAA” and the tail with BA’s stylized Union Jack logo. The model is 102 feet long, 42 feet wide and has an estimated weight of 24,000 lbs. The replica was transported to New York City on five trailers and then assembled in situ by a local sign company, four stories up atop of the Times Square Brewery on 42nd Street.
The Times Square Concorde model is expected to sell for between $100,000 and $150,000.