Damon Hill items raise £33,000 as FIA charity auction attracts huge bids

Adam Cooper

A series of lots donated by drivers, teams and other motorsport insiders was sold via RM Sotheby’s in aid of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The FIA already gave €1m to the organisation prior to the auction.

Hill personally donated the helmet and overalls that he wore when he won the 1995 Australian GP, and the twin lot achieved a higher price than anything related to a current driver, going for an extraordinary £33,000.

Other prices reflected the pulling power of the stars of the current generation, with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc items all reaching impressive sums. A suit, gloves and boots used by Hamilton in 2019 and donated by his Mercedes team raised £26,000. 

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The highest price achieved by a suit-only lot was £25,000 for the one worn by Leclerc at the 2019 Belgian GP, and was put forward by Ferrari. A Max Verstappen suit, boots and rear wing endplate from Red Bull Racing generated £23,000.

Other high prices achieved for Ferrari race suits included £19,000 for a 2019 Sebastian Vettel example (sold with a rear wing endplate), £13,000 for Fernando Alonso, and £12,000 for Kimi Raikkonen. 

A very rare 1980 Essex Lotus-liveried suit donated by Nigel Mansell and used on his first Grand Prix weekend also went for £12,000.

The highest price realised by any item was £55,000 for a 2009 McLaren MP4-24 show car, finished in the 2015 livery of MP4-31 and donated by the team.

An 60% scale example of Paul Oz’s bronze statue of Ayrton Senna seated in a driving position, known as Eau Rouge, raised £40,000 – double its lowest estimate.