Bonhams to sell Gipsy Moth featured in ‘Out of Africa’

Auction house Bonhams will sell the airplane featured in the Hollywood blockbuster “Out of Africa.” The 1929 De Havilland DH 60GMW Gipsy Moth bi-plane was flown by character Denys Finch Hatton (played by Robert Redford) in the Oscar-winning 1985 film.

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

According to Bonhams, 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.

The DH-60 Moth measures 24ft long by nearly 9ft high and has a 30ft  wingspan. It is capable of a maximum speed of 105mph.

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