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Aviation collection goes under the hammer


A full scale Spitfire replica sold as part of a collection of aircraft memorabilia dating from or representing World War Two, fetched £34,000 when it went under the hammer recently.

The sale, which took place at Sutton, near Ely, was organised by Cambridgeshire auctioneers Cheffins. It raised a total of £160,000 – double the expected amount.

An unused Packard Merlin 28 V12 engine sold for £32,000. The collection also included a boxed set of props from a Shackleton.

The 250-piece collection originally belonged to aviation enthusiast Bill Richards, from Bolton, who passed away in March last year. Cheffins auctioneer Jerry Curzon said: “It was understandably a very emotional day. Mr Richards had a lifelong passion for aircraft – in particular Spitfires. Initially he started his collection with just engines and – with the help of his family – would take them along to various shows and fire them up. It was very much a labour of love.”

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