Out of Africa plane to go under the hammer at Bonhams

Out of Africa plane to go under the hammer at Bonhams

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 metres by 2.7 metres), and has a 30ft (9m) wingspan.

It is capable of a maximum speed of 105mph (169km/h).

Following the spectacular success of its 2011 sale at the historic automotive venue, Bonhams is delighted to be returning to the Grand Palais in Paris in 2013, where the Motor Car, Motorcycle and Automobilia departments will combine with the 20th Century Decorative Arts department to conduct a series of sales.

Among motor car lots already consigned for the February 6th-7th sale is the outstanding ex-works Bugatti Type 54 that raced at Monza on September 6th 1931 in the hands of Achille Varzi (estimate €2.5 million - €3.5 million).