Rijksmuseum buys plane seat

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Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has bought a rare 1932 plane seat. The country's most prestigious museum acquired the seat at the PAN art and antique fair currently under way at the RAI conference centre in Amsterdam. The amount the museum has paid for the red leatherette seat has not been disclosed.

The seat comes from a Dutch Fokker plane used for international flights. As such planes had just four passengers, very few of these seats have survived.

In September, the Rijksmuseum triggered a controversy after announcing it wanted to exhibit the pistol which Volkert van der G. used eight years ago to kill populist politician Pim Fortuyn.

Shortly before that, a museum in Apeldoorn caused commotion when it announced it intended to display the wrecked car used in an attempt on a coach carrying the Royal Family on 30 April 2009.

The PAN art and antique fair lasts until 28 November.


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