London Heathrow Terminal 1's entire contents auctioned off

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  • Heathrow’s Terminal 1 was opened in 1969 and closed on June 29, 2015
  • The terminal building was once the biggest in the whole of Europe
  • The building is now facing demolition with the contents being sold at auction

Sadie Whitelocks for MailOnline

The entire contents of Heathrow Terminal 1 will be auctioned off, with some of the meatier lot items including baggage carousels, body scanners and escalators.

For bidders looking for something more suited to the home, there are 4,000 rows of airport seating up for grabs and ten pieces of art by the late Polish-born painter Stefan Knapp.

Daniel Gray from Global Partners – the firm cataloguing the sale – says that the clear-out is likely to attract aviation enthusiasts or former members of staff looking to snap up a career keepsake, such as an old desk.

Setting sale: The entire contents of Heathrow Terminal 1 will be auctioned off, with some of the meatier lot items including baggage carousels, body scanners and escalators

Setting sale: The entire contents of Heathrow Terminal 1 will be auctioned off, with some of the meatier lot items including baggage carousels, body scanners and escalators

Setting sale: The entire contents of Heathrow Terminal 1 will be auctioned off, with some of the meatier lot items including baggage carousels, body scanners and escalators

Daniel Gray from Global Partners - the firm cataloguing the sale - says that the clear-out is likely to attract aviation enthusiasts or former members of staff looking to snap up a career keepsakes

Daniel Gray from Global Partners - the firm cataloguing the sale - says that the clear-out is likely to attract aviation enthusiasts or former members of staff looking to snap up a career keepsakes

Daniel Gray from Global Partners – the firm cataloguing the sale – says that the clear-out is likely to attract aviation enthusiasts or former members of staff looking to snap up a career keepsakes

Other airports are likely to be interested in stocking up on bargain buys, too. 

Gray told the Londonist the large Terminal 1 sign that hung outside the building is tipped to be the most popular item but he was unable to put an estimate on its final price.

Some of the pricier objects set for the auction room include two body scanners. 

Brand new, the pieces of equipment cost in excess of £100,000. 

Checking in: Other airports  are likely to be interested in stocking up on bargain buys, too

Checking in: Other airports  are likely to be interested in stocking up on bargain buys, too

Checking in: Other airports are likely to be interested in stocking up on bargain buys, too

It's expected that airport signs will be popular with bidders

It's expected that airport signs will be popular with bidders

There are thousands of seats up for grabs

There are thousands of seats up for grabs

Under the hammer: It’s expected that airport signs will be popular with bidders (left) and there are thousands of seats up for grabs (right)

Ground to a halt: The bigger pieces include 110 check-in desks, 15 escalators, eight travelators, nine baggage carousels, 12 baggage scanners and two body scanners

Ground to a halt: The bigger pieces include 110 check-in desks, 15 escalators, eight travelators, nine baggage carousels, 12 baggage scanners and two body scanners

Ground to a halt: The bigger pieces include 110 check-in desks, 15 escalators, eight travelators, nine baggage carousels, 12 baggage scanners and two body scanners

For those with less cash to splash there are smaller items being flogged, including clocks and wall signs. 

Global Partners has not yet finished cataloging all of the airport’s assets.

So far they have released a catalogue showing the chunkier bits of furniture located in the check-in and baggage reclaim areas.

There’s also machinery stripped from the security areas and other more technical areas of the airport included in the brochure.

Flashback: In the meantime, Terminal 1 - which opened in 1968 and closed in 2015 (above, in 2010) - remains functional to a degree, as it continues to process baggage for Terminal 2

Flashback: In the meantime, Terminal 1 - which opened in 1968 and closed in 2015 (above, in 2010) - remains functional to a degree, as it continues to process baggage for Terminal 2

Flashback: In the meantime, Terminal 1 – which opened in 1968 and closed in 2015 (above, in 2010) – remains functional to a degree, as it continues to process baggage for Terminal 2

The bulkier pieces include 110 check-in desks, 15 escalators, eight travelators, nine baggage carousels, 12 baggage scanners and two body scanners.

A fleet of iris entry scanners will also require special delivery.  

Over the coming weeks, more detailed information about the lot items will be released.

In the meantime, Terminal 1 – which opened in 1968 and closed in 2015 – remains functional to a degree, as it continues to process baggage for Terminal 2.

Technology has outstripped the commuter hub’s use and it will gradually be demolished over the next five to ten years.  

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