World record breaking price at auction
Three Infiniti Red Bull Racing helmets signed and worn by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber went on sale yesterday at London’s prestigious auction house, Bonhams. 100% of the hammer price was donated to Wings for Life.
Attracting collectors from around the world, telephone bidding lines were fully booked days before the event. A helmet worn and signed at 2013 German Grand Prix by four-times Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel caused a nail-biting bidding war with the final bid reaching an incredible £72,100. This has been confirmed as a world-record after an Ayrton Senna helmet sold last year for £71,000. When the bidding was drawn to a close, the auction hall applauded the jaw-dropping total.
The Formula One World Champion and Wings for Life ambassador Sebastian Vettel commented: "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."
Also kick-starting a bidding battle were two helmets from Mark Webber from his final season in Formula One. Collectors bidding online, in person and over the phone were all eager to buy his signed helmets worn at Monza and Spa, with the final price for both helmets reaching almost £26,000.
Head of Wings for Life UK Nikki Wilson said: "This is the third year we’ve auctioned off Formula One memorabilia with Bonhams but this year was nothing short of amazing. We’re all in shock at the incredible amount raised in just a few minutes! We’d like to thank Sebastian and Mark for their kind donations and Infiniti Red Bull Racing for their unfailing support for our work."