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Rare World War Two Spitfire To Go Under The Hammer

An original, surviving, Mark 1 Spitfire, shot down in May 1940, has undergone an incredible restoration to return it to its former glory. ...

An original, surviving, Mark 1 Spitfire, shot down in May 1940, has undergone an incredible restoration to return it to its former glory. 
 
The rare example of one of the world's most iconic aircraft is to be sold at auction at Christie's this week, where it's expected to fetch up to £2.5 million. 
 
It comes after Forces TV revealed in April that the Spitfire would go on sale after restoration work was completed.
 
Of the 22,500 originally built, only 56 are still airworthy, with most of these later versions of the aircraft. There are only four Mark 1s still flying.
 
It's now on display outside the Churchill War Rooms in central London, where Forces TV's Laura Hawkins got to see it and hear the amazing story of its recovery and rescue.