At $100,000 this F1 racing legend’s helmet could be the most expensive ever sold

If you call yourself the biggest fan of legendary F1 driver Ayrton Senna, the upcoming Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction will give you a chance to own a very special piece of automobilia that the Brazilian racer personally used. An original Ayrton Senna helmet worn by the racing legend in F1 testing at the Paul Ricard Circuit on March 2, 1994, just two months before the ill-fated accident that took his life, is up for grabs. It is a Bell Vortex type SS Penske 93/94 helmet that’s decked out in Senna’s signature yellow livery, derived from the Brazilian flag.

The Senna helmet comes complete with intercom and headphones, a Bell helmet bag and a certificate of authenticity signed by Pierre Van Ginneken – the artist who painted the helmet. Bonhams expects it to sell for £60,000-80,000 (or roughly about $90k). Earlier this year at the RM Sotheby’s Monaco auction, Senna’s yellow Lotus-Honda racing suit worn by him in the 1987 season sold for 38,400 euros (approx. $45,000). It won’t be a surprise if the helmet fetches a six figure sale price.


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