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Iconic UK warplane up for auction

2:30pm IST - 01:31

A rare and fully-restored World War Two British Spitfire warplane is coming up for auction in London. Paul Chapman reports.

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This is one of just a pair of World War Two Spitfires still flying...and it's up for sale in London. The fully restored Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mark 1A is expected to fetch up to $390, 000 at auction on July 9th. It's been restored from a wreck shot down in 1940 which emerged from the sands of a French beach four decades later. Pilot and chief engineer John Romain says it's a classic design even now. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PILOT AND CHIEF ENGINEER JOHN ROMAIN, SAYING: "From every angle you look at it, it looks beautiful. It's a piece of art actually. It's a piece of art that carries machine guns." Thousands of Spitfires were built during World War Two. Although many survived after the conflict the two in the world still flying both belong to Thomas Kaplan. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SPITFIRE OWNER, THOMAS KAPLAN SAYING: "The Spitfire is in a way the most iconic symbol of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain was one of the most pivotal turning points in modern history. The implications of what would have happened if Britain had fallen are something which stagger the imagination." Proceeds from the sale of the aircraft will go to the British Royal Air Force benevolent fund and the Panthera wildlife conservation charity.

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Iconic UK warplane up for auction

2:30pm IST - 01:31