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Latest update : 2009-02-10

The bow of the mythical ocean liner "France" has fetched 273,000 euros at auction. The four-tonne piece will be mounted on the Normandy coast at Deauville.

AFP - The bow of the legendary ocean liner "France," later renamed "Norway," fetched 273,000 euros (350,000 dollars) at auction on Sunday, more than twice its estimated value.

The four-tonne piece was sold to a real estate firm and will probably be mounted on a square in the coastal city of Deauville, in front of a new building, said Artcurial auctioneers.

Most of the 150 items from the luxury France/Norway up for sale were auctioned off including a dog menu sold for 300 euros and two portholes that fetched 3,200 euros.

Sales totalled 800,000 euros, surpassing the initial estimate of 500,000 to 600,000 euros. The bow was valued at between 80,000 and 100,000 euros.

The sale continues on Monday.

The steamship was launched in 1960 by then president Charles de Gaulle and sailed the seas for 13 years before it was sold to a Saudi billionaire in 1974 and two years later to Norwegian shipping magnate Lauritz Kloster.

It was decommissioned in 2003.

Date created : 2009-02-09

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