New triple title winner Sebastian Vettel’s signed race suit sold for three times its estimated value in the special ‘world champions’ auction organised by Red Bull’s spinal cord injury charity, Wings for Life.
The suit, which the German wore during the season-opening Australian GP back in March, had been given an estimated value of £3,000-£4,000 prior to the auction by Bonhams in London but ultimately sold for £11,000, £5,000 more than any other item.
With signed suits from all six world champions on the 2012 grid having been up for grabs, Vettel’s title rival Fernando Alonso’s sold for £6,000 with Michael Schumacher’s next up at £4,500 and Lewis Hamilton’s £4,100. Jenson Button’s sold for £3,500 and Kimi Raikkonen’s just under £2,000.
In total there were 18 lots up for auction, including a nosecone from David Coulthard’s 2008 RB4, and the total fund raised for the charity came in at £39,000.
Vettel, am ambassador of Wings for Life, said: “It’s been one of the most competitive seasons for Formula 1 drivers. I’m really proud to have won the Championship with the team and it’s great that these suits have raised so much money for such a fantastic charity.”
All the money raised goes directly into funding research projects and clinical trials across the globe aimed at accelerating progress towards a cure for spinal cord injury.
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