SOLD! Lewis Hamiltons Winning McLaren sold at auction by RM Sotheby's
Written by: Ema Schulz
SOLD!! Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren F1 Race Car. $4,730,000 British pounds or 6.45 million dollars!!! Making big news this weekend at Silverstone was the RM Sotheby’s auction of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren MP4-25A F1 Car. The car won three grand prix races, in Turkey, Belgium and Canada, in 2010, driven by Lewis himself, making the value of the car even more enticing. “No Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 car has come on to the public market before, and the fact it is a race winning car adds to the interest around it,” says Peter Haynes, RM Sotheby’s public relations and marketing director.
7 time World Champion F1 Driver, Lewis Hamilton wins his home race this weekend at the British Grand Prix on the Silverstone Racetrack!! Congratulations Lewis, well done! Also, scoring points for Mercedes was Lewis Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, who took third place on the podium. It was a tough fight for the second place winner, Charles Leclerc. Kimi Raikkonen also reached a milestone becoming the driver to have raced 20 consecutive races at one track, Silverstone, the most of all the drivers.
“A British car, that was driven by a British driver, being sold at a British Grand Prix. All of those things dovetail together nicely.” Haynes, of Sotheby’s says.
RM Sotheby’s worked with Formula One and the Director of Hospitality, Kate Beavan, to create a unique experience to auction the car at the track. It was 1998 and 1999, two-time Grand Prix McLaren title winner, Mika Hakkinen, who drove the car around the track before the auction.
“With a unique proposition like this, we owed it to ourselves to find an interesting way to sell it.” “We wanted to go even bigger at Silverstone and try something that’s never been done!” said F1’s, Kate Beavan. It is great to see Sotheby’s and Formula One working together. We hope for more of this in our future.
Lewis’ win was not without its controversy after the collision with rival, Max Verstappen, the current series points leader. The good news is Max is okay and ready to challenge Lewis again in Hungary. It is true wheel to wheel racing this year, and these two competitors are creating tension and excitement on the grid. “Sotheby’s…. connecting the world through history, art, fine automobiles, fine homes, and fine wine, and of course the finest of clients.” says Shen Schulz of Malibu Sotheby’s Realty and the Malibu Riviera, Shen is also an F1 enthusiast. “We appreciate the Sotheby’s connection from Malibu to Monaco. Cars, art, homes, and legends. Sotheby’s represents the Rivieras of the world.”