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Going once, going twice: Items from Berlin’s Tegel airport up for auction

Jan. 30, 2021
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Have you ever wanted a piece of an airport in your house?

Items from the now-closed Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL) have gone to auction, and you can take your pick of airport items. The bulk of items for sale appear to be television screens and monitors, benches and snowplows -- and there's even a coffee roasting machine for the caffeine lovers.

Take a look at some of the items below and determine if you have enough space for a piece of an airport in your living room.

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Three-seater bench

Looking to replace your living room couch? This three-seater bench is on auction with a current bid of $140.

Snowplow

There are several snowplows up for auction, with the most economically-friendly model starting at $6,068.

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Flat-screen monitor

If you miss squinting at the screen trying to find your flight's gate, you can purchase this 55-inch LG monitor on auction with a current bid of $121.

Coffee roasting machine

For coffee lovers, now's your chance to snag this coffee roasting machine, with a current bid of nearly $4,900.

If you place a bid -- and win -- you'll need to pick up your item before May 3, 2021. However, if you're bidding from outside of Germany, you'll have to pay a refundable deposit on the net purchase price in the amount of the VAT rate applicable in the country.

(Photo by Vladimir GerdoTASS via Getty Images)

TXL was replaced by Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport (BER), which finally opened in the fall of 2020 after nearly a decade of delays. Named after former West Germany Chancellor Willy Brandt, the new airport, which began construction in 2006, was plagued by financial problems, bureaucratic delays and construction flaws.

The project went 4 billion Euros over budget and faced growing uncertainty, with the global pandemic greatly reducing travel demand. However, with two of Berlin’s three existing airports closing and nearly 300 million Euros in government aid, there is hope that the new facility will weather the pandemic.

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