FOUR-TIME FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPION DRIVER'S HELMET MAKES WORLD RECORD AUCTION PRICE AT BONHAMS COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA SALE
Signed by Vettel himself, the Red Bull-sponsored helmet by Arai was designed around Germany's national colours and worn during the Nurburgring Grand Prix race weekend this year - where Vettel celebrated his first home victory.
As well as being a popular item with attendees at the Bonhams Oxford saleroom today (9 December), the internet and six phone lines were jammed with bidders from all over the world who were eager to take home the prized helmet, for which proceeds went to spinal cord research charity, Wings for Life.
Auctioneer, Toby Wilson, eventually put down the hammer with a final price of £72,100 to an overseas buyer.
This is in addition to the James Hunt Bell helmet worn by the Formula 1 Champion during his 1976 World Championship-winning year, which sold for £37,500.
Also in aid of Wings for Life, a signed Mark Webber helmet by Arai went for a massive £17,500.
Toby Wilson, Head of Automobilia at Bonhams, said: "These helmets represent the very best of Formula 1 and to be able to offer these items at auction today was exciting for everyone involved.
"Not only did we achieve a world record auction price for a helmet but it is made all the more meaningful by the fact the money is going to a very worthy cause."
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com