Presented by RM Sotheby’s – The greatest moments of the modern era in Formula 1 racing are represented in this outstanding collection of memorabilia and collectibles. From large-scale handmade models, to racing helmets and suits, there is a particular emphasis on the late-’80s, ’90s and early 2000s, as well as the legendary achievements of FIA Formula One World Championship drivers, Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
Hosted on RM Sotheby’s new online auction platform, this remarkable selection of lots offers F1 fans and enthusiasts the chance to acquire their very own piece of motorsport and automotive history through the 103 exceptional lots on offer. Bidding for the collection was open at 1:00 pm ET on Friday, 22 November, and will run through Monday, 2 December at 1:00 pm ET.
The following are a few of the exciting highlights for those who want to take away a priceless piece of automotive art:
McLaren Honda Signed Helmet, 1988 (Est. $50,000 – $70,000)
This iconic racing helmet, bearing the colors of the Brazilian flag, is from the first championship year of three-time Formula 1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. Signed by Ayrton Senna. The signature is believed to be authentic.
McLaren Honda Racing Suit, 1988 (Est. $10,000 – $20,000)
This iconic racing suit is from Ayrton Senna’s first Formula 1 championship season with McLaren Honda in 1988. It is hardly worn, if at all, and is thought to have possibly been used for promotional purposes. During that incredible year, Senna rewrote the record books en route to his first of three World Championships. His eight wins beat the record of seven held by Jim Clark (1963) and teammate Alain Prost (1984). His 13 pole positions also handily beat the nine by Nelson Piquet (1984).
Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari Signed Helmet, 1998 (Est. $15,000 – $20,000)
Signed helmet from the 2nd-place contestant in the 1998 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship, Michael Schumacher. Signed by Michael Schumacher. The signature is believed to be authentic. Includes carrying bag.
Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari Signed Helmet, 2001 (Est. $15,000 – $20,000)
This signed Michael Schumacher Ferrari helmet is from his 2001 Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship season. Signed and dated on the visor by Michael Schumacher. The signature is believed to be authentic.
Michael Schumacher Racing Suit, 1996 (Est. $10,000 – $20,000)
In 1996 Schumacher joined Ferrari, a team that had last won the Drivers’ Championship in 1979 and the Constructors’ Championship in 1983. Schumacher finished 3rd in the drivers’ standings that year and helped Ferrari to 2nd place in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of his former team, Benetton. That year he won three races, including the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Ferrari’s first win on its home soil since 1988. Presented here is a racing suit from Michael Schumacher’s inaugural year with Scuderia Ferrari, an incredible 11-season career that earned him five Drivers’ Championships and a title as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers ever. Framed and mounted in a large display case.
Ferrari F2002 Tipo 051/B/C V-10 Engine, 2002 (Est. $50,000 – $70,000)
Designed by Paolo Martinelli, the Ferrari Tipo 051/B/C engine was the heart of one of the most successful Formula 1 cars of all time, the F2002. Campaigned in 19 races in 2002 and 2003, the F2002 won an astonishing 15 grands prix with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello behind the wheel. This earned Scuderia Ferrari back-to-back Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships in 2002 and 2003. The Ferrari Tipo 051/B/C is an over-800 hp, 3.0-liter, naturally aspirated V-10. While not the strongest engine on the grid in 2002, its lighter, compact design and low center of gravity gave the F2002 excellent handling.
Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Scheckter Ferrari 312 T4 Wings, 1979
While Ferrari’s 312 T4 wasn’t introduced until the third round of the 1979 Formula 1 season at Kyalami, the car quickly proved to be a fierce contender. With Jody Scheckter and Gilles Villeneuve behind the wheel, the 312 T4 clinched six wins that season, three each for both drivers. A key aspect of what made the car so competitive was its new “ground effect” design and revised aerodynamics, and this front and rear wing certainly played an important role in the team’s success. These are must-have pieces for any fan of Scuderia Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher 2001 Ferrari F2001 Model (Est. $4,000 – $6,000)
The F2001 was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the 2001 Formula 1 season and was highly successful. Piloted by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, the team won an astounding nine grands prix, with at least one driver achieving a podium finish at each race. The season earned Scuderia Ferrari the coveted Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. However, it was at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza that the team showed their true colors. The race was held on 16 September 2001, and as a sign of respect, Ferrari stripped their cars of all advertising, leaving only the racing number and Prancing Horse, and painted the nose cones black. This large 1:5 scale model by Bell Sports Models features the unique no-logo livery as driven by Michael Schumacher at that solemn race. He would finish in 4th, which, aside from two earlier retirements, was the only race he did not finish on the podium.
Ayrton Senna Lotus Renault 98T Signed Steering Wheel and Racing Gloves, 1986 (Est. $5,000 – $10,000)
Ayrton Senna started the 1986 season well, finishing 2nd in Brazil and then winning the Spanish Grand Prix by a hair over Nigel Mansell. However, Senna’s second and final win of the season would come at the U.S. Grand Prix at Detroit. He would ultimately finish 4th in the drivers’ standings again. Offered is an exceptional piece of F1 memorabilia from Senna’s time in the Lotus Renault 98T. Mounted and framed in an attractive display case is a used Momo steering wheel along with a pair of well-worn Stand 21 driving gloves. The steering wheel is signed by Ayrton Senna in gold pen, while the left-hand glove is signed across the knuckles. The signatures are believed to be authentic. Also included is a framed correspondence confirming the authenticity of the pieces.
“the flying finn 2” by Thierry Thompson, No. 45/500
This limited-edition print captures the second coming of the “Flying Finn,” Kimi Räikkönen, en route to his maiden Formula 1 victory at the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix. Included is also a 1:43 scale model commemorating Kimi Räikkönen’s first F1 win. The print is signed by Kimi Räikkönen and the artist. The signatures are believed to be authentic.
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