An Entire Airport Terminal available to the highest bidder
All of the contents of the UK's Heathrow airport's Terminal 1 are being sold and are up for auction. So whether you are an aviation enthusiast, a creative individual, a long time collector of unusual things or a fellow airport team, this auction may be the right place for you to buy some unique finds.
Contents of Heathrow Airport go up for bidding
The terminal 1 of the Heathrow airport has been closed for around three years now.
With the Terminal 2 expansion project just around the corner, the authorities have decided to let go of the entire contents of terminal 1 including 110 check-in desks, security cameras, 4,000 rows of seats and 10 art pieces by Stefan Knapp.
It is a win-win situation for everyone involved as incoming cash from the auction can help in the expenses for the expansion project, and at the same time, they can get rid of the old unused goods.
What's more if we look at it from the buyer's perspective, they might get an incredible rare collector's item like a valuable artwork on a good deal.
Also, other airports are prospective buyers as they will have the chance to fill up their own terminals at reduced rates, since new airport equipment often costs more than 100,000 GBP.
Terminal 1 used to host up to 9 million passengers a year in its prime period and was the most significant short-haul terminal in the whole of Europe.So have no doubt in the fact that there will be a lot of things up for grab!
Auction firm CA Global Partners are in charge of the auction and are selling all of the contents including baggage carousels, check-in desks, seats, artwork and even things like escalators and signboards.
Daniel Gray, from CA Global Partners, stated "a sale comprising the entire contents and infrastructure of an entire major airport terminal is unprecedented."
He also stated, "some of the contents have significant historic value and there may even be elements of the furnishing that would appeal to nightclubs or other entertainment venues."
So when will this unique auction take place? Pencil it in your diaries - 11am on Saturday 21st April at the Thistle London Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel. This location is ideal as it overlooks the runway itself!
If you're a potential bidder then luckily you will get the exclusive opportunity to view a sample of the contents from a day before the actual auction.
However since the terminal itself isn't open to the public, a vast majority of the bidding will take place through photographs and descriptions.
If you're not a potential bidder but you are just interested by this unique event then fret no more since the event will also be streamed online for everyone to view!
However if you are a potential buyer then you can check the full catalogue and login to commence the bidding war!