Sebastian Vettel helmet breaks record at auction – £72,100!
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Posted By: James Allen  |  10 Dec 2013   |  10:50 am GMT  |  53 comments

A helmet used by Sebastian Vettel to win his home Grand Prix this year has broken the record for the largest sum paid for an F1 driver’s helmet, at £72,100.

The helmet went under the hammer at a Bonhams’ auction in aid of Wings for Life, the spinal injury charity which is linked to Red Bull.

Vettel has a new helmet design for more or less every race – so each one is unique – which is one of the aspects that adds value on the rare occasion one of them comes up for sale. Nevertheless, it is quite surprising that a Vettel helmet has sold for more than Senna.

“This is one of my favourite helmet designs from this season and it goes without saying that this was one of the most special races for me – my first ever home win,” said Vettel. “Just as the race meant a lot to me, Wings for Life does too and it’s my pleasure to donate this signed and worn helmet for auction.”

To find out more about the auction, which also featured two helmets from Mark Webber go to: Wings for Life

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Did Button ever auction his Japanese GP helmet, which he said he would in aid of the earthquake victims?

I never heard any more about it.


Nice one Seb, good money raised for a good cause.


And in other news…”Mark Webber’s helmet was to be auctioned for well over £100000, but sadly on his way to the podium, Helmut Marko dropped the helmet, breaking it and forcing an early retirement before bidding began!” 🙂


I wonder how much Newey’s underpants would fetch at auction?


Depends on how much you could fit into them.


Best wishes to the young family

I wonder if the old saying that each child slows you for a half second each lap is still valid?

Because of the way safer cars I think not, perhaps even the opposite? Hamilton couldbe faster with a more calm family life i think.

And isn’t it already Vettel 2.4 who drives, given that his dad did hill climbing races? He sold his racing car to allow Seb starting his carreer.


Well Grosjean has had a remarkable turn around since becoming a dad! Not sure what Vettel can get better at, but if like Grosjean being a dad improves things then ominous times!


No offense or discredit intended towards Vettel fans, but who on earth would pay more money for a one off Vettel helmet than probably the most iconic and sought after helmet in all of motor-sport history; a Senna helmet? Seems crazy to me 😛


Vettel will be a Daddy!

Welcome to the club Seb! I say you do a many children as F1 championships. 🙂

It is so awesome to see that he’s not going to wait till mid 30s. Go Seb!!!



who is holding the current record for youngest WDC as a father?

Surely something for Vettel to aim for?!


I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s him.

Note that his child is SUPER-FAST already. We just found out about it, and it will be here in about 1 month. Amazing!



Maths with Sebee, episode 3.

Schumi is 44, we can all agree no one would be upset if he was on the grid this year or next for that matter when he would be 45.

Vettel will have a Jr. or Jr.-ette at 27.

45 – 27 = 18. (Random, my course introduction brochure says – show your work!)

Making a Vettel Father/Son or Father/Daughter F1 grid appearance a possibility.

Vettel Dominiation of F1 may never end thanks to Vettel ver 2.0, should “it” choose to take on the family business. I’m telling you guys, get on the Vettel band wagon.


This is a possibility you know?


I can’t fault your maths this time, and you have clearly proven that for the sake of future generations Vettel needs to be sterilised pronto 🙂


Nevermind, I just read James’ comment #4…as usual Vettel was too quick 🙁


I just learned about the Wings For Life World Run. That just sounds amazing, and at just £40, it’s actually pretty good value for money, even without the charity element. I hope that I’ll be in good shape in May – running for 3+ hours before being passed by a Red Bull car, now how many current F1 drivers can say that?


Lots of people have more money than sense..


Sorry, but the money is donated for a good cause. I think that makes a lot of good sense.


If someone asked me to spend 72k on a helmet, my answer would be no.

But if that same person asked me to spend 72k on a helmet that was going to a good charity and I had the cash handy, then my answer would be yes.

And the correct phrase is “more dollars than cents” 😉


So according to you, people shouldn’t spend money at a charity auction?


How else can you get closer to the brain that delivered 4WDCs in a row?


Sit on the Red Bull pitwall, near to the bald dude?

What a softball that was Sebee!!!


Wait a minute, is that a CGI render of what Vettel will look like in a helmet at 54?

I should tell you right now KRB, this is not a joke. One day if I see you I’ll show you my passport.

My first name is Sebastian.

My middle name is Adrian.

Now tell me…what other team and driver can I possibly cheer for?


Good idea, even closer!


Sorry, balaclava wins!


Move in with Adrian?


I refuse to aknowledge these points that it’s all Adrian. Adrian is 1/2 of the hemisphere that delivered the WDCs.


Perhaps by buying his balaclava …


Well called sir!


Meaning you can’t afford it!


He breaks record everywhere huh?

I just Googled Senna’s helmet and it was sold last year at 71,000 Euro.

Its pretty close..


Excellent post JB. Thanks for mentioning the figure.


So this year Vettel conquered Senna’s title tally and helmet price record, next year he might conquer Senna’s wins tally, 2015 his podium numbers and 2016 Senna’s pole numbers.


I think the fact that it’s an auction for a charity changes the dynamic somewhat.

I was recently at a charity auction where my boss bought a signed footballers shirt for a few thousand – way above what you could realistically get for it on the open market.

He also gave it back to them to auction again.


Say what you like about Vettel and his helmets, but you can’t argue that this isn’t a good thing for the charity 🙂


He and his fiancé have also announced they’re having a baby.

Great time all round for Mr Vettel.


A Sunday delivery would be nice for the future Mrs Vet, on a race weekend just before 1pm. He has to have his priorities straight and be at the birth of course 😉


One day…one day….

Does anyone know what helmet size he wears?

I remember Schuberth did a QM1 moto helmet in Schumi colors so that mortals could buy it and actually use it. It is fantastic. Would be nice if Vettel’s helmet maker did likewise.


That’s is one if the nicest designs on any F1 Helmut. It’s great the charity made so much out of it !


There’s an idea for a new 2014 design.

A full size wrap around photo of a smiling (if possible) Helmut Marko on his crash helmet.

Just so he can say he’s got a Helmut Helmet.



“SOLD!!! To one Mr. Mark O’Helmut, in the shadows at the back of the room.”


If he’d auctioned his final-race helmet, would it have made double that amount, I wonder? 🙂


That’s excellent for Wings for Life. He should auction off a few more of the other designs. I bet the Singapore flashing LED stars helmet would make a lot for some other charity.

Wonder where it’s off to, some collector in Germany?, an oil moneyed bloke over in Abu Dhabi?

Gutted for Webbo not making more than Seb. 😉

Just ‘cos it sold for a thousand more than Sennas doesn’t mean he’s greater or anything, ok! 😉


Ha! And to think some people were sure his helmet wouldn’t have much value because he changes helmets. I agree with your reasoning why on the contrary the uniqueness may have raised its value. Either way, what matter is that it was for a good cause!


Holy Christ.

That is EPIC!!

As someone who perused the motoring catalog extensively before the auction, I knew what the expected sale price was, and this is ASTOUNDING!

Thanks for keeping us informed, James.


what was the expected sale price? if you don’t mine i ask.


And what was the expected price? What is the average for a F1 helmet? And how much did Senna’s hlemt got?


Sebastian Vettel … Breaks Record.

Isn’t that word combination getting a tad worn? ¦¬)


The guy is that good that even his helmet can break records!!


Sweet mother of god…


Apparently Mr Vettel has been doing good work with both his helmets.

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