Stig helmet sale fetches £3,400

A helmet worn by The Stig on the BBC show Top Gear has been auctioned off for £3,400.

The distinctive white racing helmet, which is believed to have been worn by The Stig between 2002 and 2005 and carries his signature, was sold at Gorringes Auctioneers in Lewes, East Sussex.

While the guide price for the full-face helmet at the auction was £1,200, it was bought by a private collector for nearly three times as much.

It was sold by Sophia Vaizey, who was presented with the headgear as a parting gift after having worked on the motoring show as a production co-ordinator for 18 months.

Ms Vaizey, 30, from Hove, East Sussex, previously said she hoped the helmet would collect more money than its recommended price following the recent, highly publicised High Court battle over the disclosure of The Stig's identity.

She said: "The Stig wore that one on the show for quite a while. He then got a new one for safety reasons, so it got stored away in the Top Gear office.

"I was quite surprised when they gave it to me but also I felt honoured."

The helmet had been signed by Richard Hammond, one of the programme's presenters, and other production crew members.

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