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Bidder spends £53k on unused Concorde nose cone

An unused Concorde ‘droop’ nose cone dating from the 1970s has sold today at auction for £53,000.

The 11 foot-high cone, manufactured in the 1970s by BAE Aerospatial and designed to rise and fall for take-off and landing and for supersonic flight had never been fitted to an aircraft and never had, what was called, the ‘pilot tube’ cut into it in order to fit it to the aircraft.

It was bought at Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers of Whittlebury by a hotel owner. It'll stand in its foyer.

What £53k buys you! Credit: Humbert