Barry Sheene - A Bell racing helmet,

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Lot 244Ω
Barry Sheene - A Bell racing helmet,

Sold for £ 5,520 (US$ 7,430) inc. premium
Barry Sheene - A Bell racing helmet,
in black, red and gold with applied number ‘7’, ‘Bell’ and ‘Anderstorp Racing Club’ logos. Decorated with trademark ‘Donald Duck’ emblem and ‘Barry Sheene’ lettering, tinted visor, Barry Sheene’s trademark cigarette hole, applied SHCA certified sticker number 1372063, race worn with evidence of crash damage and loss to interior. The first helmet to carry his famous number '7', Barry presented it to Merv Wright in 1975 as being the one he wore in his infamous Daytona crash. Recent research, however, suggests that he actually wore it during the 1974 Daytona 200 and subsequent season. He also wore it during the 1974 Swedish Grand Prix where he had a spectacular spill - in the rain - also taking out Giacomo Agostini, thus gathering the ‘scars’ on this helmet. Note Barry’s trademark ‘fag’ hole in the chin-bar. As a dedicated smoker, he usually had his last minute ‘puff’ on the starting line. At the 30-second warning he threw out the cigarette and then quickly covered the hole with a piece of duct-tape kept on the fuel tank.
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