Iconic Gipsy Moth Airplane from the film ‘Out of Africa’ to be Auctioned in Miami for Charity

  • RM Sotheby’s to auction off the iconic De Havilland Gipsy Moth from Out of Africa during their auction at ModaMiami on 1-2 March 2024.
  • All proceeds to benefit the creation of a new rhino sanctuary in Kenya, Africa.
  • Black rhinos are one of the planet’s most endangered species—approximately only 5,000 rhinos remain in Africa today.
  • The Gipsy Moth played a pivotal role in the 1985 film directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, and contributed to the film’s Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
  • The 1929 Gipsy Moth, operational and inspected for airworthiness in April 2022, features a unique American-made steel construction.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – January 20, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – RM Sotheby’s is excited to present for auction the 1929 De Havilland DH60M Gipsy Moth, featured in the Academy Award-winning film Out of Africa, during their auction at the inaugural ModaMiami event in South Florida on 1-2 March 2024.

The film, a 1985 masterpiece by Sydney Pollack, starred Meryl Streep and Robert Redford and painted a vivid picture of Kenya’s sprawling savannahs and rich cultural tapestry. Undoubtedly, one of the stars of the movie was the iconic yellow Gipsy Moth biplane, piloted by Redford’s character, symbolizing his love for the African landscape. This memorable aircraft, central to the film’s visual storytelling, was a significant contributor to the movie’s multiple Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography.

The 1929 Gipsy Moth G-AAMY, brought to Kenya in 1985 for the film, was flown by Sir Henry Dalrymple-White, a renowned RAF Wing Commander. It was a key part of the film’s production, notably stirring a flock of flamingos in a scene that contributed to the film’s cinematic acclaim. The biplane, entirely operational and last inspected for airworthiness in April 2022, boasts a unique American-made steel construction, an adaptation for durability in warmer climates.

Robert Redford

“This important initiative will not only help secure the survival of a critically endangered species but will conserve vital biodiversity and pristine wilderness for future generations. The larger plan for interconnectivity with other conservation land will create a vast protected wilderness area and even more positive impact for the people and planet. I couldn’t think of a better way to raise funds for this ground-breaking project than through the auction of one of the most iconic airplanes in history, G-AAMY, the 1929 Gipsy Moth biplane featured in the film Out of Africa, in which I starred as Denys Finch Hatton.” – Robert Redford

This auction represents a rare opportunity to own a piece of cinematic and aviation history while supporting the creation of a rhino sanctuary in Kenya, very near to where the most iconic flying scenes of Out of Africa were filmed, with all proceeds from this sale being donated to the ZEITZ Foundation for Intercultural Ecosphere Safety and its invaluable work securing the future of the black rhino, one of the planet’s most endangered species, with approximately only 5,000 rhinos remaining in Africa today.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward rhino conservation in Kenya. The foundation’s mission is to promote projects that enhance livelihoods, encourage intercultural dialogue, and achieve sustainable, positive environmental impacts. This auction not only celebrates a piece of cinematic and aviation history but also makes a meaningful contribution towards the preservation and sustainability of the natural world that inspired Out of Africa.

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