Sebastian Vettel’s race helmet reached a whopping $118,000 (£72,100) at a Bonhams’ charity auction in London. Proceeds from the sale of the helmet, which was signed by four-time Formula One world champion, went to a spinal-cord research charity, Wings for Life. “This is one of my favorite 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,” said Vettel who wore this helmet wore during the 2013 Formula One German Grand Prix weekend.
Race helmet with a glittering gold design has set a new world record price at Bonhams auctioneers. It also beat the previous world record of $116,189 paid for a helmet which belonged to Brazil’s late three-time champion Ayrton Senna.
“These helmets represent the very best of Formula One and to be able to offer these items at auction 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,” said Toby Wilson, head of automobilia at Bonhams.
At the same auction, James Hunt’s helmet sold for $61,000 (£37,500), while helmet worn by Mark Webber went for $28,600 (£17,500).