If you saw the Formula 1 biographical film Rush a couple of months ago, then you know about the legendary battle between world champions James Hunt and Niki Lauda. Well, the competition between the two drivers will be reignited once again, only this time it will be on the Motor Cars and Automobilia Sale--handled by the Bonhams auction house--on December 9.
Two of Hunt's helmets will actually be auctioned off: the helmet he wore when he won the 1976 Formula 1 championship, which is expected to fetch between £18,000 and £20,000; and the Formula 3 helmet he had on when he crashed at Zandvoort in 1971. According to Bonhams, Hunt's Formula 3 helmet is estimated at £5,000 to £7,000 "and comes complete with a photograph depicting the accident."
As for Lauda, what actually will go on auction is the helmet and race suit worn by Daniel Bruhl, the actor who played the three-time world champion in the above-mentioned movie.
With its value at £1,000 to £1,500, Bruhl's Lauda costume is made up of a Bell helmet painted in red with the 'Niki Lauda' design and Goodyear and Romerquelle sponsor logos, a red OMP race suit signed by Bruhl, and a pair of light gray OMP driving gloves.
"The fierce rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda was always thrilling to watch, and the fact it has been brought to life once again in the film Rush shows that public fascination with the two drivers remains strong," said Bonhams automobilia head Toby Wilson. "These items bring together the old and the new, but all of them reflect the excitement these two men single-handedly brought to the sport."