A World War II fighter is expected to be sold for up to $4 million (Australian) at auction next month.
The 1940 Hawker Hurricane MkIIA fighter — a Battle of Britain veteran and one of only 11 Hurricanes still flying — will be offered at a military and aviation auction in Melbourne on Sept. 27, according to a report from The New Zealand Herald:
“A specialist at auctioneers Bonhams and Goodman, Catherine Davison, said fighter aircraft of such calibre rarely appeared on the market. “I am sure that a discerning buyer will take on the custodianship of this historically significant plane,” she said.”
Recovered from the Russian tundra near Murmansk in 1991, the Hurricane was bought by Wanaka-based aviation enthusiast Sir Tim Wallis a year later. Wallis, who started the Warbirds over Wanaka airshows, gathered a large collection of veteran aircraft, most of which have since been sold.