Autographed Ayrton Senna helmet brings $102,000 at auction

The late World Racing Champion Ayrton Senna autographed this helmet, which sold for six figures in an online auction | RM Sotheby's photos

In conjunction with its recent sale of collector vehicles at Abu Dhabi, RM Sotheby’s staged an online-only sale of 103 lots of Formula 1 memorabilia that has ended with sales totaling $728,454, the auction company reports.

The top sale of the event was a 1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda signed helmet that brought $102,000. An 800-horsepower Ferrari F2002 Tipo 051/B/C V10 racing engine sold for $93,600.

RM Sotheby’s said the online sale drew bids from residents of 34 countries, and that 56 percent of those bidders were new customers.

Ferrari racing engine sells for $93,600

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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