Vettel F1 helmet sold for £72,000Tue, 10 Dec 2013 00:00:00 -0800
A HELMET belonging to four times World Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has been sold for a world record £72,000 in a charity auction.
The safety gear, signed by Vettel himself, was a Red Bull-sponsored helmet by Arai designed around Germany's national colours.
It was worn during the Nurburgring Grand Prix race weekend in Germany this year - where Vettel celebrated his first home victory.
Auctioneer Toby Wilson put down the hammer at Bonham's Oxford sale room with a final price of £72,100 to an overseas buyer.
The proceeds went to spinal cord research charity, Wings for Life.
A signed helmet belonging to Australian driver Mark Webber went for £17,500 with the proceeds also going to the charity.
Mr Wilson, who is 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."
A James Hunt Bell helmet worn by the Formula 1 champion during his 1976 World Championship-winning year, was sold for £37,500 at the same auction today.
By Martin Halfpenny, Press Association