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F1 world champion Damon Hill items raise £33,000 in FIA charity auction

A helmet and overalls donated by Damon Hill proved to be one of the star lots by raising £33,000 in the FIA's Race Against COVID online auction which came to a close today

A series of lots donated by drivers, teams and other motor sporting insiders were sold via RM Sotheby's in aid of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The FIA Foundation has already given €1m to the organisation prior to the auction.

Hill personally donated the helmet and overalls 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. The highest price achieved by a suit-only lot was £25,000 for the one worn by Leclerc at the 2019 Belgian GP that was given by Ferrari. A Max Verstappen suit, boots and rear wing endplate from Red Bull generated £23,000.

Other high prices achieved were Ferrari race suits, including £19,500 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 raised 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.

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