Sebastian Vettel's Helmet Sells for £58K at Auction
A helmet worn by Sebastian Vettel fetched a staggering £58,000 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams in Oxford on Monday.
The signed helmet, worn by the four-time world champion during his first ever victory at his home grand prix at the Nurburgring, features a glittering design based on Germany’s national colours of black, red and gold.
Two helmets worn by Mark Webber during the Belgian and Italian Grands Prix fetched £6,800 and £14,000 respectively whilst a race suit worn by the popular Aussie driver made £3,400.
Vettel is famed for wearing unique helmet designs at each of his races and the champion said on the official Red Bull website that the German design was one of his favourites.
This is one of my favourite helmet designs from this season and it goes without saying that this was one of the most special races for me – my first ever home win. Just as the race meant a lot to me, Wings for Life does too and it's my pleasure to donate this signed and worn helmet for auction. I hope it raises a lot of money for their vital spinal research projects.
The drivers donated the items to raise money for Red Bull's charity partner, Wings for Life, which conducts research projects and clinical trials in to the cure for spinal cord injury.
Rare motorsport memorabilia is a huge thing in the auction world and it wasn’t only the Red Bull items that grabbed the attention of keen enthusiasts.
A helmet worn by James Hunt during his 1976 title-winning season fetched £30,000 and Niki Lauda’s suit and helmet from the movie “Rush” went for £1,550.
But with Vettel storming to his fourth successive world title in record-breaking fashion, the star of the show was his stunning helmet that he wore during his first ever victory in the German Grand Prix.
Check out some of the other items that went under the hammer at Bonhams and what they fetched.
Niki Lauda's "Rush" Movie Costume: Sold for £1,550
Ron Howard’s movie “Rush” was one of the box office hits of the year and actor Daniel Bruhl stole the show with his performance as Niki Lauda.
Bruhl wore this suit and helmet during the making of the movie.
James Hunt's 1976 Championship-Winning Helmet: Sold for £30,000
The winning bid for James Hunt’s famous title-winning helmet was a hefty £30,000 but the new owner has one of the most iconic pieces of motorsport memorabilia from one of the greatest seasons ever.
The metal pipe on the side of Hunt’s helmet was used to supply "medical air" in the event of an onboard fire.
A Signed Mark Webber 2013 Race Suit: Sold for £3,400
According to Red Bull Racing’s website, “All items are signed by the drivers and come complete with the unmistakeable aroma of genuine Formula One driver perspiration (though Mark's overalls have been washed).”
Mark Webber's Signed Belgian Grand Prix Helmet: Sold for £6,800
Webber only managed to finish fifth in Belgium but his race-worn helmet still fetched a handsome £6,800.
Mark Webber's Signed Italian Grand Prix Helmet: Sold for £14,000
Webber finished third in Italy and his signed, race-worn helmet made £14,000.