Sebastian Vettel Helmet Sale Details:
- Arai helmet worn by current and four-time world championship winning F1 driver Sebastian Vettel
- Sold for $118521
- Features driver's signature and national colors
- Sold by Bonhams auctions
If you could own a piece of Formula 1 history, how much would you pay? One enthusiast purchased the helmet of current F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel for a whopping $118521. Yes, you read that right. Vettel's helmet sale set a world record at Bonhams auction.
Signed by the master himself, this Arai helmet was designed around Germnay's national colors, worn during the Nurburgring Grand Prix this year where Vettel celebrated his first home victory.
But don't think that exorbitant amount of money went into just another rich guys bank account, rather all proceeds went to spinal cord research charity, Wings for Life. Also contributing to the cause was a Mark Weber helmet auctioned off for $28767. Present Formula 1 drivers weren't the only stars of the auction. A helmet worn by the 1976 world champion James Hunt also went for a pretty penny at $61430.
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."
Photos provided by Bonhamns Auctions