Vettel helmet sells for £72,000

Vettel helmet sells for £72,000

A crash helmet belonging to World Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has raised £72,000 in a charity auction.

The helmet, signed by the Red Bull driver, was designed around the national colours of Germany.

Vettel wore it during the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring earlier this year, where he claimed his first victory on home soil.

An overseas buyer held the winning bid at £72,100 when auctioneer Toby Wilson dropped the hammer at Bonham's Oxford sale room.

The proceeds will go to Wings for Life, a spinal cord research charity.

A helmet signed by Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber sold for £17,500 with the money raised going to the same charity.

"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," Mr Wilson, who is Head of Automobilia at Bonhams, said.

"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 helmet worn by James Hunt during his 1976 World Championship-winning year, also sold for £37,500 at the same auction. Ron Howard's epic film Rush is centred around this title-winning campaign.

Copyright Press Association 2013