Bonhams to auction Out of Africa film aeroplane

. November 27, 2012

The 1929 De Havilland DH 60GMW Gipsy Moth bi-plane was flown by character Denys Finch Hatton (played by Robert Redford) in the seven-time Oscar-winning 1985 film.

It will go on sale at the Bonhams auction at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, from 6th to 7th February 2013, where bidding is expected to be in excess of €150,000 (£120,000, US$180,000).

The aeroplane which featured in the 1985 Oscar-winning film ‘Out of Africa’ – starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford – will be among the lots on offer at the Bonhams sale at the Grand Palais in Paris in early 2013, during Rétromobile week.

The 1929 American Moth Corporation De Havilland 60GMW Gipsy Moth is offered in excellent condition with a permit to fly. It still wears its yellow-and-black livery and registration G-AAMY (in homage to pioneering English aviatrix Amy Johnson) as seen in the Sydney Pollack-directed movie, which went on to win seven Oscars in the year of its release.

In the film, the two-seater bi-plane is piloted by character Denys Finch Hatton (played by Redford) over the Kenyan savannah.

The DH-60 Moth measures 24ft long by nearly 9ft high (7.3 meters by 2.7 meters), and has a 30ft (9m) wingspan. It is capable of a maximum speed of 105mph (169km/h).

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