F1 memorabilia auction for Wings for Life

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Infiniti Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo have each signed and donated some very special helmets from their 2014 Formula One season to raise money for spinal cord injury charity, Wings for Life.

The quadruple World Champion Sebastian Vettel has selected two helmets. The first was designed for the Monaco Grand Prix and worn during his first practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix. The unique design was created in a bronze to replicate the headgear worn by warriors throughout ancient history. Jens Munser Designs created the helmet with a very thin layer of metal coating, which amazingly is lighter than most helmets with a normal design painting.

Vettel’s second choice of helmet is also designed by Jens Munser Designs, in co-operation with the artist Christian Achenbach. The helmet is covered in cascades of color and portrays dynamism, energy and expressed movement. As well as being designed for the Chinese Grand Prix, this helmet was worn by Vettel during the Russian Grand Prix weekend.

Meanwhile, three time race winner Daniel Ricciardo has selected and signed a helmet which was designed for the Canadian Grand Prix and worn during his first practice session at the Japanese Grand Prix. The Canadian Grand Prix was one of the most engrossing and dramatic races of the season and this designed helmet holds special memories for Daniel as this is where he had his first Formula One win.

All helmets are offered with a Perspex display case, an Arai packing box and a Red Bull Certificate of Authenticity.

The auction will take place on the 7th of December at the Annual Bonhams Auction, in Oxford, UK. Buyers can bid online, by telephone or attend the event in person. 100% of the money raised from these unique Formula One items will go directly towards cutting-edge research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Bonhams kindly waive their fees for Wings for Life and full auction details including how to bid outside the UK can be found on the Bonhams website.