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Mansell fires starting gun on major F1 sale


A model of F1 driver Nigel Mansell.

One of Britain’s favourite motor racing stars is selling the bulk of his personal memorabilia collection.

Nigel Mansell, the 1992 F1 world champion, is selling 330 lots through RM Sotheby’s in sales starting from October 4.

The Worcestershire-born driver had stored his collection in a museum in Jersey, where he now lives, and is selling to make room for the expansion of his car dealership.

A Nigel Mansell-worn race suit is up for sale at an auction of the driver’s personal collection of memorabilia.

RM Sotheby’s is a leading car auction house, founded in Canada, and part owned by Sotheby’s since 2015. They hold a number of car-sale records. Michael Schumacher’s 2003 Ferrari F1 car was sold through them for CHF14,630,000 ($14,873,327 USD) last year.

F1 fans are avid collectors. Last week, 159 Michael Schumacher items, a collection comparable to the Mansell lots, raised £2,081,341 beating estimates by over £600,000.

Ayrton Senna, who died in a crash while leading the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994, is considered the most collectible figure in modern F1 history.

Among the star items are large numbers of helmets, most notably the Williams driver wore while notching his last F1 win in 1994.

The sale is without reserves, though a personalised number plate – 5 NM – is predicted to reach from £30,000 to £60,000.

Bids open online from 4pm on October 4th, with bidding closing on the first tranche of items on October 10th.

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