SPIT­FIRE PRICE SOARS

Scottish Field - - ANTIQUESNE­WS -

On the eve of the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Bri­tain and the Bat­tle of France, Christie’s Lon­don sold an au­then­tic and im­mac­u­lately re­stored Vick­ers Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire Mk.1A-P9374/G-Mk.1A for £3,106,500, a new world record price for a Spit­fire sold at auc­tion. The plane was the star of the sale, spark­ing strong com­pe­ti­tion in the sale room and re­sult­ing in this plane far ex­ceed­ing its pre-sale es­ti­mate of £1,500,000-2,500,000. As part of a gift from Amer­i­can phi­lan­thropist and art col­lec­tor Thomas Ka­plan and his wife Daphne, Spit­fire P9374 was sold to ben­e­fit the RAF Benev­o­lent Fund, lead­ing wildlife con­ser­va­tion char­ity Pan­thera, Wild­CRU and Stop Ivory.

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