Friday Photo: Smart Bomber

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(Photo: Wright)

Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead to December, when this doozy of a model dive bomber goes on the block at Wright in Chicago. In our fantasy living room, it is a cast aluminum counterpoint to Marc Newson‘s riveted, riveting “Lockheed Lounge.” Designed by Edward Heinemann of the Douglas Aircraft Company, the plane is a wind tunnel model of a Douglas BTD Destroyer, the American torpedo bomber developed during World War II for the United States Navy. The aluminum and enameled steel craft, the only one of its kind, is approximately seven feet long and includes moveable parts that didn’t make it into the final design (“Sorry, Ed. We’re just not feeling the defensive turrets.”). And the wing-mounted cannons? Standard. “This impressive model demonstrates the progressive nature of industry propelled by war time commerce,” notes Wright. Look for savvy bidders to propel the selling price beyond its $30,000 – $40,000 estimate.