Scrap, Er, Memorabilia On Auction
British Airways is getting rid of a huge inventory of useless parts and, presumably, aiding a good cause. The airline has announced it will hold a second auction of Concorde "memorabilia" from April 14 to April 17. More than 150,000 spare parts, now considered collectors' items, will go on the block in the four-day affair at Stoneleigh Park. Bidders will also be able to take part online. Among the items for sale are instruments, on-board computers, engines and parts, lights, sensors, plates, knives, forks and spoons. There is also another coveted nose cone. At an earlier auction in December, an American bid more than $600,000 for a nose cone. "We were encouraged to hold another auction by the vast number of letters and phone calls British Airways received from the public asking if we would be selling more items," said BA marketing director Martin George.