Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bonhams to sell aeroplane that featured in Oscar-winning Hollywood blockbuster "Out of Africa"

Art Daily Newsletter
PARIS.- 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 ... More

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