To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain, Christie’s London is proud to present the immaculately restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1A – P9374/G-MK1A — which is on public view outside the Churchill War Rooms in central London from 4-9 July.
After being hoisted into position by crane, the wings are attached to the fuselage
This unique and remarkable piece of British history was transported from the Imperial War Museum Duxford and reassembled outside the wartime bunker that sheltered the British Prime Minister and his Cabinet during the Blitz.
The final touch is to fix the propeller in place
One of only two remaining Mk.1 models restored to the original specification and still flying today, P9374 is being sold by the American philanthropist and art collector Thomas Kaplan, who will be donating the proceeds to the RAF Benevolent Fund and Panthera, a leading wildlife conservation charity.
Restored to its full glory, Spitfire Mk.1A – P9374/G-MK1A stands proudly outside the Churchill War Rooms
The plane will be offered in The Exceptional Sale on 9 July 2015, with an estimate of £1,500,000-2,500,000. For more on the history of Spitfire P9374 and the remarkable story of its painstaking restoration, see our documentary presentation, featuring videos, interviews and picture galleries.
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