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  • Heathrow Terminal 1 contents coming to auction
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Heathrow Terminal 1 contents coming to auction

Nostalgic for the Heathrow airport of old? This is for you.

The contents of the airport's Terminal 1 are going up for sale through Global Partners over the coming weeks.

Terminal 1 Heathrow

The "Terminal 1" sign will likely be the top lot

First up, on August 31, is an auction of pieces including a large scale "Terminal 1" sign (likely to be the biggest draw), check in desks, body scanners (worth £100,000 new), baggage carousels, a variety of signs and hundreds of seats.

The managing partner of Global Partners, Daniel Gray, says: “A sale such as this, comprising the entire contents and infrastructure of an entire major airport terminal is unprecedented, to say the least.

“Not only does this represent a rare opportunity for a young airport to fully equip a new terminal, but many of the items in this sale could be refurbished or repurposed for a variety of uses in other industries – Let alone some of the historical value to many of the items.”

Terminal 1 opened in 1968, bringing together the three existing terminals into one hub. In its early years, it was Europe's largest terminal.

It closed in 2015 as it could no longer cope with today's biggest jets. It is now set for demolition to make way for the expansion of Terminal 2.

Airplane memorabilia can sell for large sums. Ephemera such as vintage timetables from the 1950s routinely sell for around £50 ($65), while flight-used china tableware from the 1930s, featuring the names of carriers such as Pan Am or American, can surpass £750 ($975).

Check out this fine autograph for sale from aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh.

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    Paul Fraser
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