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09/12/2013 13:38 GMT | Updated 09/12/2013 13:51 GMT

Sebastian Vettel Helmet Raises World Record £72k At Auction

A helmet belonging to four times World Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel has been sold for a world record £72,000 in a charity auction.

The safety gear, signed by Vettel himself, was a Red Bull-sponsored helmet by Arai designed around Germany's national colours.

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The helmet and its winning driver Sebastian Vettel at the German Grand Prix this year

It was worn during the Nurburgring Grand Prix race weekend in Germany this year - where Vettel celebrated his first home victory.

Auctioneer Toby Wilson put down the hammer at Bonham's Oxford sale room with a final price of £72,100 to an overseas buyer.

The proceeds went to spinal cord research charity, Wings for Life.

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A signed helmet belonging to Australian driver Mark Webber went for £17,500 with the proceeds also going to the charity.

Mr Wilson, who is Head of Automobilia at Bonhams, said: "These helmets represent the very best of Formula 1 and to be able to offer these items at auction today was exciting for everyone involved.

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Mark Webber's helmet sold for £17,500

"Not only did we achieve a world record auction price for a helmet but it is made all the more meaningful by the fact the money is going to a very worthy cause."

A James Hunt Bell helmet worn by the Formula 1 champion during his 1976 World Championship-winning year, was sold for £37,500 at the same auction today.