View Full Version : OT - Spitfire sold in NZ for World Record price

14th September 2008, 11:38
This was on the News here tonight. Thought it might be of interest, our SIL helped with some of the restoration.


Chinese buyer today paid $NZ2.8 million at a Nelson auction for a Spitfire, World War 2's most famous fighter aircraft.

TV3 News said tonight the price was an auction world record for a Spitfire.

The auction was staged by Australian company Bonhams and Goodman, an offshoot of London-based Bonhams.

The Mark XVI Spitfire has been owned for the past decade by Auckland's Subritzky family, which restored the fighter to near flyable condition.

News agency Bloomberg's website tonight reported the aircraft had been bought by North China Shipping Holdings Co chairman Yan-Ming Gao, who planned to donate it to the China Aviation Museum in Beijing .

The auction, at Nelson's Museum of Wearable Art and Classic Cars, also featured a number of classic cars.