Ayrton Senna’s last gift to Murray Walker to sell at Bonhams

George Best Manchester UnitedOne
of the last personal items to be signed by F1 legend Ayrton
Senna on the weekend that he died, is to be sold by Bonhams
on 20 March. The blue baseball cap is one of a whole host of
personal and poignant items in this important F1 and Motorsport
memorabilia single-owner collection sale, to be held at Bonhams
salerooms in New Bond Street.

At the close of a TV interview before the San Marino Grand
Prix at Imola in 1994, Murray Walker asked if he could have
one of the ‘Nacionale’ caps that Senna was famous for wearing.
Ayrton Senna immediately took the cap from his head, added a
signature and handed it to Murray Walker. It is expected to
fetch £3,000 – 4,000.

The ‘Legends in Time’ collection, amassed by a true Formula
One fanatic over nearly twenty years, features many personal
items never seen at auction before.

The
core of the collection is a group of 60 original pencil drawings
by motorsport artist Alan Stammers, celebrating the world’s
top F1 drivers in their most famous cars. These unbelievably
detailed drawings were first commissioned in 1988 by the vendor
who produced a limited edition of prints from them to sell to
the growing number of F1 memorabilia collectors. Most of the
original drawings and prints have been signed by the drivers
they depict, making them highly collectable, and the pencil
drawings come to the market for the first time.

One of the most evocative drawings is of Juan Manuel Fangio
and Sir Stirling Moss at the 1955 Belgian Grand Prix. Mercedes-Benz
team mates for this season, they drove so close together that
they were nick-named ‘The Train’. Fangio, who won the World
Championship five times and legend Sir Stirling Moss both signed
Stammers’ print, and this original drawing is signed by Moss.
The print signing was the first time they had ever signed artwork
together, and the prints were the last items Fangio signed.
Estimate £1,400 – 1,600.

The signatures of almost all the popular names in F1 from the
past half century including Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher,
Ayrton Senna, Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill all
appear on Stammers’ individual artwork.

Estimates for these gems range from £600 – £3,200.

The commission of these drawings and the consequent quest to
get them signed brought the owner of the collection into personal
contact with the world’s best drivers and fed his passion for
Formula One. Since the late ’80s, he has built up an unrivalled
collection of memorabilia, which is now for sale.

There are 21 race-worn helmets in the sale including:

· The helmet worn by Damon Hill during his inaugural
Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1992. The vendor congratulated
Hill who had just qualified last and arranged to sponsor him
for the race later that day. Estimate £7,000 – 9,000.

· The helmet worn by Schumacher when he finished 2nd
in the 1992 Australian Grand Prix, and also in the Japanese
GP. Signed and complete with teeth marks on the drinks-tube!
Estimate £15,000 – 18,000.

· A helmet worn by Alain Prost during his 1993 world
championship-winning year with Williams. Estimate £8,000
– 10,000.

The Collection contains very many personal items associated
with Sir Stirling Moss including:

· 1965 MGB driven by Moss in the 1989 Pirelli Classic
Marathon, in which he finished third overall and won the class.
Since that time the car has completed 12 Tour Autos, driven
by the original owner who shared the 1989 race with Moss. Complete
with full FIA papers and a new engine, the car is ready for
anyone who is not superstitious to take it on its 13th French
rally. Estimate £26,000 – 32,000.

· Sir Stirling Moss’ personal Vespa scooter on which
he covered over 1500 London miles and is still registered in
his name. Estimate £1,800 – 2,200.

Legendary racing drivers’ autographs are highly collectable
– why bother with a scrap book when you can collect them all
inscribed on a giant bottle of bubbly. Originally sold for charity
at Fangio’s 80th birthday party in 1991, this Salmanazar (12
bottle size) unopened bottle of Moet Chandon is adorned with
the greatest names: Fangio, Moss, Salvadori, Surtees, Mansell,
Hill – to name but a few. Estimate £2,400 – 2,800.

Away from Formula 1, the collection features motorsport memorabilia
and two highly sought-after registration plates – LKY 7 (estimate
£6,000 – 7,000) and for owners of fixed-head coupes FHC
7 (estimate £5,000 – 6,000).

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web site.


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