Formula One superstar Sebastian Vettel’s helmet has sold for a record $118,000 at a charity auction. Vettel, the four-time world champion, wore the helmet when he won this year’s German Grand Prix. The sale price tops the previous world record of $116,189, which was paid for a helmet that belonged to Brazil’s late three-time champion Ayrton Senna.
The money raised from the sale of Vettel’s helmet go to Wings for Life charity, which focuses on research into spinal cord injuries. Wings for Life was established by Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
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