Senna, Hawthorn and Fangio helmets up for auction!
Bonhams Festival of Speed sale will hammer away helmets previously belonging to three Formula 1 legends: Ayrton Senna, Mike Hawthorn and Juan Manuel Fangio
Bonhams’ forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed sale will place not just one legendary driver’s helmet up for auction, but three of them!
Out of 388 lots at the July 13 event, including classic cars and highly sought-after automobilia, all eyes will be on a trio of historically significant racing lids previously belonging to Ayrton Senna, Mike Hawthorn and Juan Manuel Fangio respectively.
An original Bell helmet worn by Senna at the Circuit Paul Ricard on March 2, 1994 – a mere two months before his untimely and tragic death – is estimated to sell for between £60,000 and £80,000.
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Certified as the only one of this type – as proven by a signed document included in the lot alongside the Bell helmet bag – the helmet’s design showcases the three-time Formula 1 World Champion’s Brazilian patriotism. There promises to be a fierce auction war over such a bespoke piece of Formula 1 memorabilia.
Secondly, the former Herbert Johnson racing helmet of 1958 World Driver’s Champion Mike Hawthorn is estimated at £10,000-£14,000. Previously displayed in the Donington Grand Prix Collection until 2005, the lot will be sold with a letter of provenance.
To complete the trio, a 1952 lightweight racing helmet that was formerly the property of five-time World Driver’s Champion Juan Manuel Fangio is estimated at £30,000-£40,000. Widely considered to have dominated Formula 1’s inaugural decade, Fangio is worshipped as one of the series’ greatest drivers of all time.
This helmet is believed to have been used during the 1952 international race season held in South America and then Europe. The lot is offered with a typed letter of provenance in French with an English translation.
Of further note at the Bonhams Festival of Speed sale are several valuable UK vehicle registration plates:
- ‘D 2’, estimate £190,000-£220,000
- ‘S 100’, estimate £100,000-£150,000
- ‘21 A’, estimate £50,000-£60,000
- ‘8 OR’, estimate £15,000-£20,000
- ‘1 SVO’, estimate £10,000-£14,000
- ‘FAT 11’, estimate £7000-£10,000
- ‘HSH 9’, estimate £6000-£8000
- ‘24 AR’, estimate £6000-£8000
- ‘OCU 1’, estimate £3000-£4000
You can find out more about the auction here
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