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The European airline is giving its passengers free gifts worth up to £10,000

EUROPEAN airline KLM is giving passengers free gifts that will be resold up to a value of £10,000.

The Dutch airline honors their country’s history in the form of a unique type of ceramic known as Delft Blue.

KLM presents the valuable Delft blue houses to business travelers on intercontinental flights

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KLM presents the valuable Delft blue houses to business travelers on intercontinental flightsCredit: COURTESY OF KLM

Easily recognizable by its distinctive blue and white glaze, Delft Blue is a style of Pottery associated with the Dutch city of Delft.

Since the mid-17th century, Delft blue has been used for everything from tiles, beer mugs, crockery, ornaments to tulip-lined vases.

Since 1952, KLM has commissioned the china for a series of miniature houses given as gifts to passengers on the airline’s intercontinental routes.

But you have to be in the posh seats – these freebies are only given out to those sitting in business class.

Each miniature house is based on a life-size historical building that can be found somewhere in the Netherlands.

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A KLM representative told Travel and Leisure: “The production was random until 1994.

“At that time several houses were produced in a row, then none for several years.

“In 1994, 15 additional houses were produced in honor of 75th anniversary of KLM.

“That brought the number to exactly 75 and the number of houses in the series has kept up with the age of KLM ever since.”

Although the one-offs are not for sale, they can often be found on the secondary market, where older models can fetch upwards of £10,000 at auction.

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The Delft houses contain spirits from the region in which 35 milliliters of Genever are hidden.

It is estimated that 800,000 of the Genever filled Houses are loaded onto KLM planes each year, with another 79,000 of the Ashtray version.

Each of the miniature houses is modeled after a life-size historic building found in the Netherlands

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Each of the miniature houses is modeled after a life-size historic building found in the NetherlandsCredit: COURTESY OF KLM

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