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Lot 016

1903 Wright Brothers Aeroplane Replica

Sold for kr. 224,000

This lot will be sold with the following documents: Bill of Sale

This is a replica of the famous 1903 Wright Brothers plane. The engine is believed to be of the Renault type, from the period of 1918–1925. Unlike the Wright plane, this replica utilises a seat for the pilot instead of a prone position, implying that it might have been flown on occasion.

Although very little is known about the history of the plane, research suggests it was discovered in a barn in the Normandy area in the late-1970s, by Danish friends of Baron J.O. Raben-Levetzau. The Baron purchased the flying machine, which was restored to its former glory, as it appears today, with no evidence of rot in the wood or tears in the canvas. The plane was displayed in the main hall, suspended from the ceiling.

The propellers are powered by the Renault engine, driven via heavy-gauge chains. The craftsmanship is excellent; the wood veneer on the propellers is exquisite, and the attention to detail would impress any engineer. The machine is very imposing. It is impossible to feel unawed in its presence.

Dette er en kopi af Wright-brødrenes berømte fly fra 1903. Motoren menes at være af Renault-typen, fra perioden 1918-1925. I modsætning til Wright-flyet har kopien et sæde til piloten frem for en stilling liggende på maven, hvilket antyder, at det lejlighedsvist kan have været fløjet.

Selvom der ikke kendes meget til flyets historie, tyder forskning på, at det blev fundet i en lade i Normandiet i slutningen af 1970'erne, af nogle af Baron J.O. Raben-Levetzaus danske venner. Baronen købte flyvemaskinen, og restaurerede den til dens tidligere herlighed, i hvilken stand den fremstår idag, uden tegn på råd i træet eller flænger i lærredet. Flyet var udstillet i den primære sal, hængende fra loftet.

Propellerne drives af Renault-motoren, drevet af tunge kæder. Håndværket er fremragende - træfernissen på propellerne er elegant, og detaljeringen ville imponere enhver ingeniør. Maskinen er utrolig imposant. Det er umuligt ikke at føle ærefrygt i dens nærvær.


Plesae be aware that there is a small hole in the canvas of the upper wing. Please speak to an RM Auctions representative prior to the auction with regards to the removal of this lot.

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