Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Jet sells for £105,800 at auction

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 Jump Jet sold for 105,800 pounds at auction (PA/Silverstone Auctions)

A Harrier Jump Jet has sold at auction to a private collector for £105,800.

The 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 Jump Jet went under the hammer at a public auction at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire on Saturday.

The aircraft served during the Cold War, Belize and the Falklands, and was described as being "in almost time capsule condition".

A 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 which also went under the hammer during the auction sold for £36,800.

The former RAF jets went under the hammer as part of The Silverstone Classic Sale.

A spokesman for Silverstone Auctions said: "Both aircraft went to private buyers in the UK.

"There was a hush in the room as we got to the Harrier as it was later in the day and there was some anticipation and excitement over what it would sell for.

"There was a bit of a bidding war between people in the room and bidders over the phones, but there was applause in the room after the gavel came down.

"We're happy it sold for the price it did as we had expected it to go for at least £100,000."

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