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Posted By: James Allen  |  30 Nov 2011   |  6:55 pm GMT  |  17 comments

After a season in which they dominated the opposition, some items donated by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will go under the hammer tomorrow (December 1st) in a Bonhams sale at Mercedes Benz World, Surrey, England.

There is one item from almost every 2011 Grand Prix race, with the exception of Abu Dhabi.

The auction is in aid of Wings for Life, a charity with connections to the Red Bull team and features race suits from both drivers as well as a Mark Webber helmet which he wore at five Grand Prix in 2011 – Monaco, Valencia, Germany, Hungary and Spa.

Among the other eye catching lots is the set of overalls Vettel wore to win the European Grand Prix at Valencia, estimated at £4,000 -£5,000.


A signed Vettel fireproof undershirt from Malaysian Grand Prix, is estimated at just £250-£350. The notes say, “Soaked not only in sweat, but also champagne!”. There is another from Hungary.

There are Webber overalls from the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix 2011, both estimated at £1,500 to £2,000.

There are also signed gloves, balaclavas, drinks bottles and other items, including Webber’s Prada sunglasses and a podium watch.

Bonhams will sell each piece to the highest bidder in a live charity auction as part of its traditional end of year sale of Important Motor Cars and Fine Automobilia at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey on Thursday December 1st.

For more detailed information about the event visit www.wingsforlife.com and click on ‘News & Events’. For an overview of how to bid through Bonhams visit ‘How to Buy’ at www.bonhams.com

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  1. Trent says:

    Nice to see.

    And unlike some drivers, Webber’s helmet design really IS is signature. It has barely changed since his early racing days. Respect for that.

    1. Lol says:

      Uh? He had a totally different one during his Minardi and Jaguar days.

      1. Trent says:

        No, same design. The plain yellow top had some green tints, that’s about the main difference:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mark_Webber_2003_helmet.jpg

      2. K says:

        So again, looks totally different to what he has now and had with Minardi.

  2. Richie says:

    I would love Marks helmet or a race suit from a Grand Prix but couldn’t afford the estimates. It would be great if they could raffle the prizes online, they might even make more money this way.

    1. chris says:

      I agree F1 forgets its to elitist some times

  3. goferet says:

    Well seeing as am not a Red Bull fan in the least, I think I will pass.

    But this got me thinking, when drivers auction off their helmets & sweat soaked under shirts Eww, do they simply go to the store room & pick up new ones or do they buy new ones from the team.

    If it’s the former, it would appear the drivers aren’t really chipping in for this good cause, as always F1 lays it’s bill squarely at the fans door.

    And no, I refuse to believe the drivers will be making a cash donation of their own for that kind of thing would make the front pages & headlines at Newscorp!

    1. JK says:

      So you aren’t interested in the lots, don’t appreciate the value of the items and don’t believe the drivers are making a contribution at all? Far be it from me to suggest you don’t know what you’re talking about, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    2. simon whishaw says:

      On the other hand they could choose to sell their used equipment and keep the proceeds for themselves. It follows that they really are donating something of value, so it amounts to a cash donation.

      1. James Allen says:

        It raised £35,000 for Wings for Life today

  4. Lesley says:

    I wish three was an opportunity of a reverse auction for such things. I would love to be in with a chance of owning Webber’s overalls, I was at the Spanish GP, but as Joe Public will never be able to afford the chance of competiing in an auction. Shame.

  5. Jeff says:

    Goferet, sounds like you want a job at Newscorp, you default to their everybody is bad mantra instantly. Drivers do massive amounts of charity work and their value is in their name, not their money.

    I’m sure the people who buy these things can afford it and I’m sure sportsmen give more time and money to charity than you imagine. At least they are brave enough to put their real name to things they say and do.

    1. Liam in Sydney says:

      Can’t speak on behalf of a driver, of course, but Mark Webber does heaps of charity work, particularly his own.

      Agreed, drivers do heaps of charity work.

      1. l says:

        All other drivers do too, in fact, many do more than Webber, but for some reason the English-speaking media rarely mentions their’s.

        It is almost like Webber has a contract with these reporters or something “don’t mention others’ charity stuff unless I am in some way connected to it”.

    2. Jordan says:

      Well put!!

  6. Iain says:

    Will take a look, thanks JA

  7. Oriol Muñoz says:

    I had the luck to go to barcelona race of 2010. That’s when Webber threw his helmet to the public. I was the lucky one to take the helmet. Now I have signed. Great Mark, you’re a phenomenon!

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