Heathrow to auction Terminal 1 contents

Heathrow Airport Terminal 1 Welcome Sign

Heathrow Airport owners are giving members of the public, plane spotters etc a chance to own a part of Terminal 1 with the Heathrow auction starting today at 11am.

The auction conducted by CA Global Partners starts today 21 April at 11am BST at the Thistle London Heathrow Terminal 5 Hotel, Bath Rd, London UB7 0EQ United Kingdom.

You register to bid online or go there to witness the sale of iconic memorabilia from UK aviation history. There are no reserves or minimum bids. VAT is added on top of the handle price, so if you bid £100 then you will pay £120 plus 16% auction fees. CA Global Partners will accept credit and debit cards.

Everything is for sale, including escalators, baggage carousels, weighing machines and some interesting works of art from Stefan Knapp, a Polish artist once imprisoned in a Russian gulag who later trained as an RAF Spitfire pilot. After the war he studied at the Royal Academy and the Slade School of Fine Art before embarking on an artistic career that specialised in murals.

Heathrow Terminal 1 Artwork from Stefan Knapp

One of Knapp’s murals later made it to JFK Airport in the United States of America thanks to George Farkas, the owner of Alexander’s and a notable art patron who had seen Knapp’s murals at Heathrow. This mural was installed in 1963 and comprised of 280 panels and weighed 250 tons. It became a landmark for planes coming into land at JFK airport, was reputedly the largest public mural in the world and featured on the cover of Time magazine.

There are 3500 online bidders registered for the auction.

Terminal 1 was closed in 2015 to allow for the expansion of Terminal 2. More than 9 million passengers travelled through Terminal 1 making it the largest short haul terminal in Europe.

The terminal was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in May 1968 and the first airline to fly from terminal 1 was British European Airways with flight 5362 to Edinburgh.

However, despite being called Terminal 1, it wasn’t the first terminal at Heathrow. The Europa terminal was the first operational terminal at Heathrow and was later renamed Terminal 2.

This interesting photo below (courtesy of Heathrow Airport) shows some of the weighing equipment used at Terminal 1 in 1968 and might be available at auction today.

Heathrow Terminal 1 Baggage Weighing Area in 1968

Another amazing photo from Heathrow Airport shows the Terminal 1 drop-off area.

Photo from 1950s showing car arriving at Heathrow Terminal 1

The first item a welcome to Heathrow Terminal 1 sign has just sold for £1200.