Online Only: #RaceAgainstCovid Auction Presented By RM Sotheby’s and the FIA Reaches Halfway Stage with Strong Bids Across All Lots

200618 McLaren MP4-24 Show Car 2009 (Credit - Courtesy of the FIA) (678)

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE CHARITABLE AUCTION BENEFITTING THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES GLOBAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19

BIDDER REGISTRATION REMAINS OPEN, VISIT RMSOTHEBYS.COM FOR UP-TO-DATE BIDDING

LOTS BEGIN TO CLOSE ON 22 JUNE, 3:00 PM GMT

ALL LOTS OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

  • Large selection of lots already smashing pre-auction estimates with five days remaining on the no-reserve charitable auction
  • Last-minute and previously unannounced donations to the auction include a full-scale McLaren MP4-24 show car, a personal donation from H.S.H Princess Charléne of Monaco of an authentic 60cm x 40cm fine art portrait print from acclaimed artist Vanessa von Zitzewitz and a WRC ride-along experience courtesy of M Sport Ltd.
  • Damon Hill’s 1995 race suit and helmet worn at the Australian Grand Prix leading the bidding and achieving triple its high estimate with five days of bidding remaining on the timed auction
  • Bidding on lots begins closing at 3:00 pm GMT on Monday, 22 June
  • Additional information and bidder registration now available at rmsothebys.com

LONDON, ENGLAND – June 18, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  RM Sotheby’s Online Only: #RaceAgainstCovid Auction has reached the halfway mark today with an overwhelming response in bidding across all 95 lots. The Online Only: #RaceAgainstCovid Auction, held on behalf of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), is helping to raise money for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as it tackles the global COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds from this auction go directly to IFRC.

200618 Race of Champions buggy race by M. Schumacher and S. Vettel in 2012 Race of Champions (Credit - Courtesy of the FIA)
Race of Champions buggy race by M. Schumacher and S. Vettel in 2012 Race of Champions

With the FIA Foundation contributing 1 Million EURO to the IFRC to kick-start the process, the Online Only: #RaceAgainstCovid Auction is already seeing a flurry of interest across the entire auction catalogue thanks to the generosity of auction lots from teams, individuals, partners and brands across the wider motorsport community.

A number of previously unannounced and last-minute donations into the Online Only: #RaceAgainstCovid Auction have already captured the attention of the roster of registered bidders. One such item is Lot 181, the 2009 McLaren MP4-24 show car (Estimate: £30,000 – 50,000). This full-scale display car was kindly donated by McLaren and was used to promote the brand’s new 2009 title-challenging car, which was to be driven by reigning six-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Heikki Kovalainen. The car is currently liveried in the colour scheme used on the 2015 McLaren MP4-31.

A large selection of items in the auction are unsurprisingly garnering significant attention from bidders and one such example is Lot 129, the Damon Hill 1995 Williams Renault racing suit and helmet from the Australian Grand Prix of that same year. This item has already tripled its pre-auction high estimate at the halfway point of the auction (Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000).

200618 Juan Pablo Montoya signed racing suit, 2019 (Credit - Courtesy of the FIA)
Juan Pablo Montoya signed racing suit, 2019

Other lots surpassing their high estimates at the halfway point are the Charles Leclerc 2019 Ferrari Racing Suit (Estimate: £5,000 – 7,000), the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (Estimate: £15,000 – 20,000) and a signed Lamborghini Huracán Performante development model donated by Automobili Lamborghini Spa (Estimate: £8,000 – 12,000).

Other previously unannounced lots include:

  • World Rally Championship team, M Sport Ltd. has kindly donated a once-in-a-lifetime chance to ride alongside in the passenger seat of its Ford Fiesta World Rally car on a 2020/2021 event of choice. To add to this, the highest bidder and a guest will also enjoy dinner with Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson and Team Principal, Richard Milliner (Estimate: £2,000 – 4,000).
  • 2012 Fast & Speed Race of Champions Buggy donated by Fredrik Johnsson and the Race of Champions. This ROC Buggy was used by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel during the 2011 and 2012 Race of Champions events in Dusseldorf and Bangkok (Estimate: £15,000 – 25,000).
  • Juan Pablo Montoya signed racing suit, 2019. This particular racing suit was worn by Montoya while he was driving for Acura Team Penske during the 2019 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, where he finished first in the driver’s championship with co-driver Dane Cameron (Estimate: £2,000 – 4,000).
  • H.S.H Princess Charléne of Monaco has donated her own personal property in the form of an authentic 60cm x 40cm fine art portrait print from acclaimed artist Vanessa von Zitzewitz, which is accompanied by the signed Certificate of Authenticity from the artist (Estimate: £4,000 – 6,000).
  • A pair of 2021 European Tennis Grand Slam passes donated by Rafael Nadal and Richard Mille. This lot includes two passes for one European Tennis Grand Slam either at the French Open or Wimbledon. These tickets will be used specifically for a match including Raphael Nadal and the winning bidder and guest will be seated in the grandstands with Nadal’s family and coaches (Estimate: £2,000 – 3,000).

The online only auction commenced bidding on Monday, 15 June and will implement staggered lot closures on Monday, 22 June from 3.00pm GMT.

Interested bidders are invited to contact RM Sotheby’s via its European Office. Learn more and register to bid at rmsothebys.com.

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