Aug 25, 2016

    Buy a tank at Normandy museum's closing-down sale


    FANCY buying a World War II tank?

    Then make tracks to a museum in Normandy, France, which is closing and selling off its entire collection.

    One of the star lots of the 130 being auctioned off by the Normandy Tank Museum is an American M4 Cadillac tank made in 1942 which is listed at between 80,000 euros and 140,000 euros (S$122,260 and S$213,930).

    A 1944 Jeep MB is also going under the hammer for an estimated 25,000 euros while a military Caterpillar D-8 bulldozer is available for between 4,000 euros and 6,000 euros in the sale on Sept 18 overseen by the Artcurial auction house.

    For smaller budgets, dummies used in the museum dressed in the uniforms of tank drivers and US Navy pilots can be snapped up for 200 euros.

    The museum, which opened three years ago in Catz near the D-Day beaches on the Normandy coast, is shutting because of a 30 per cent drop in visitors this year.

    "People are coming less because of the problems of terrorism in France," said the museum's founder Patrick Nerrant, a former Air France pilot.