Thursday, 21 January 2010

Chamberlain’s 1938 plane ticket to Munich sold for over £9,000

by Kathryn Hadley

Two weeks ago today, we reported on the upcoming auction of Neville Chamberlain’s British Airways plane ticket to Munich. He flew out on September 29th, 1938, at 8.30am. The following day, Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier signed the Munich Agreement. The ticket was auctioned by Mullock’s on Tuesday January 19th. It was expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000.

The final selling price was considerably higher than expected. The ticket sold for £9,280. Richard Westwood-Brookes from Mullock’s Auctioneers was unable to tell me the name of the buyer, but confirmed this morning that he was a private individual. It is also believed that the British buyer purchased the ticket with the view to donating it to a British museum. More to follow…

Above is a photograph of the ticket and the envelope belonging to George William Denny MBE, one of the founders of British Airways, inside which it was recently discovered.

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