With “Socialist Republic of Romania” once emblazoned on its side, a Rombac plane, part of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s fleet, went under the hammer on Thursday and was finally sold for 120,000 euros (146,000 dollars).
Some 150 collectors and aviation enthusiasts competed — online and by phone — for what auction house Artmark called the sale’s “gem”, which carried a starting price of 25,000 euros ($30,500), spokeswoman Alina Panico told AFP.
At the same auction, a luxury car model Paykan Hillman Hunter given to Ceausescu by the Shah of Iran in 1974 was sold for 95,000 euros (115,000 dollars) to a Romanian collector.
The medium-haul Rombac Super One-Eleven was made in Bucharest under licence from the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), making the country the first in eastern Europe to produce air planes.
Rolled out in 1986, it was part of Ceausescu’s fleet until December 1989, when he was overthrown and, together with his wife Elena, executed.
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