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An important piece of cinematic history—the 1929 De Havilland Gipsy Moth bi-plane flown by Robert Redford in the Oscar-winning 1985 film Out of Africa—will be offered by UK auction house Bonhams during its Grand Palais sale in Paris, France on February 6-7.
In the movie, which went on to win a total of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Redford played dashing adventurer Denys Finch Hatton opposite Meryl Streep, in the role of author Karen Blixen. Bidding for the iconic aircraft, which is being offered in perfect condition, is expected to exceed $180,000.
No mere mockup, the Gypsy Moth comes complete with a permit to fly and features its original yellow-and-black paintwork and registration G-AAMY as seen in the Sydney Pollack-directed movie. Built by the American Moth Corporation, the two-seater measures 24 feet long by nearly nine feet high, has a wingspan of 30 feet, and is capable of a maximum speed of 105 mph. The airplane is just one of the beautiful machines being offered in the sale.
Lacking the celebrity provenance of the Gypsy Moth but much more valuable from a monetary standpoint is a Bugatti Type 54 that competed at Monza in 1931, expected to bring in up to $5 million. Classics from the likes of Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and more are also set to cross the auction block.