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The 50th anniversary of the first flight of the supersonic jet Concordethis month is attracting investors to related collectables.
The plane continues to hold a fascination among aviation fans despite being taken out of service 16 years ago. This is thanks to its distinctive pointed nose and top speed of 1,334 miles per hour – twice the speed of sound.
Freebies: A pair of cufflinks which could sell for at least £100
Conran-designed stainless steel cutlery sets used on Concorde – knife, fork and two spoons – now sell for £50 – while a china cup and saucer fetch £60. You can toast the Anglo-French plane with a crystal flute used to sip champagne on one of its three-and-a-half hour transatlantic flights for £40.
Fans can tuck themselves in at night with a Concorde flight blanket for £100 or play at being a host or hostess at home with a £200 metal galley container.
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Freebies given to VIP customers – such as a flight certificate signed by the captain, napkin rings, a pair of cufflinks or pen – often sell for at least £100.
Investing in a piece of the plane is a far more expensive pursuit. A sale in 2003 – the year of Concorde’s last flight – saw an 11ft 6in section of its nose cone sell for £327,000.
In the same sale, a pilot’s seat went for £29,500 and a speedometer bearing a reading of its Mach 2.02 cruising speed for £65,500.
Deals of the week
Place a ‘click and collect’ order online with Debenhams and receive a £5 voucher for your next purchase. The discount can be redeemed up to April 10.
Take a two-minute online test to find ‘your perfect wine match’ with Majestic Wine and claim a free bottle of wine worth up to £9.99 – if you also buy six bottles or more.
Grab a free pair of binoculars if you join the National Trust – using code ‘BINOCS’ – when you agree to pay via direct debit. Adult membership is £72 a year.
Wear a free pair of subscription glasses by trading in an old pair at 15 major stores of Boots as part of a ‘frame amnesty’ being held tomorrow. Contact details of participating stores at hotukdeals.