In conjunction with its inaugural live auction being staged as part of the Formula 1 race festivities in Abu Dhabi, RM Sotheby’s is doing a Detroit-based Online Only: Formula 1 Memorabilia auction with all 103 lots being offered with no reserve.
The online auction began November 22 with bidding running until 1 p.m. (Eastern time) on December 2.
According to RM Sotheby’s, the highlights of the sale are (with pre-auction estimated values in parentheses):
— An autographed McLaren Honda helmet “believed to be worn in the first championship year of three-time FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion Ayrton Senna.” ($10,000 to $20,000)
— A Michael Schumacher-signed helmet from the 1998 season in which Schumacher finished second in the standings while driving for Ferrari. ($15,000 to $20,000)
— Schumacher’s 1996 Ferrari driving suit. ($10,000 to $20,000)
— An 800-plus horsepower 3.0-liter Ferrari Tipo 051/B/C engine. ($50,000 to $70,000)
— A selection of Amalgam 1:8 scale models, including Schumacher’s 2001 F2001 in the livery in which he won the Malaysian Grand Prix. ($4,000 to $6,000)
Also on the docket are other helmets, driving suits and a variety of F1 race car parts.
“This remarkable group of collectibles represents the groundbreaking moments of modern Formula 1 racing,” Barney Ruprecht, RM Sotheby’s car specialist, is quoted in the auction company’s news release. “We are very excited to offer F1 fans and enthusiasts the chance to acquire their very own piece of motorsport and automotive history via our new digital auction platform.”
RM Sotheby’s adds that each lot has been inspected and winning bidders can pick up their items at RM Sotheby’s Detroit facility, “unless otherwise noted.” Third-party shipping also can be arranged.
To register to bid and to see the full docket, visit the RM Sotheby’s website.