Formula 1 racing car Lewis Hamilton set to gross up to € 5.8m
Unusual offers in sales over the next few weeks include a collection of Communion Tokens and a Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 race car.
For Formula 1 fans, the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, winner of the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix, will be offered for sale at a one-time auction on July 17, the Saturday afternoon of the race weekend of Great Britain Pirelli Grand Prix. In the fourteen years since his baptism of fire in F1 in Melbourne 2007, Hamilton has contested 270 Grands Prix, won 98 and notched 100 pole positions in more than 5,170 laps. The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has also displayed his talents in several areas, such as fashion design and social and environmental activism.
The McLaren MP4-25, powered by the Mercedes Benz FO 108X 2.4l V-8 engine, proved to be a major improvement over its predecessor, in part thanks to the integration of the innovative F-Duct into its design, which reduced aerodynamic drag and allowed the car up to an additional 6 mph on the straights. With chassis number 25A-01, auction house Sotheby’s says it is “a unique opportunity given the rarity of the model” and that it is one of the few (the customer refrains from disclosing exactly how many cars are privately owned) . It can still be driven on the track and is supported by the original factory team as it is part of the individual heritage departments of McLaren and Mercedes.
The auction will take place before the very first Formula 1 sprint qualifying race, and the car will be driven around Silverstone as the auction comes in. listed with a tantalizing estimate of $ 5-7 million (€ 4.19-5.87 million) and that’s before the 12.5% commission.
During its Coins, Tokens and Historical Medals sale, July 6 and 7, in Mayfair Ten Noonan Webb sells what is described as the “best collection of Irish Communion Tokens ever to be auctioned,” which has been amassed for many years by Delmas Parker of Oklahoma.
“Communion tokens are derived from the Irish Wars of Religion of the mid-1600s,” said Peter Preston-Morley, head of the coins department at Dix Noonan Webb.
“Protestants gathered in large church meetings, which served not only as religious meetings, but also as political rallies. To keep track of who attended these larger meetings, which were subject to the activities of political spies and people who did not belong, Communion Tokens were created.
The collection of 72 lots, totaling 455 tokens mainly includes coins from Northern Ireland but Dublin is also represented with three Ormond Quay tokens, including the Scotch Church 1843 (150 £ -200 £ / 174-232 €) and this which is described as “a very beautiful token from the Presbyterian Church of Tralee dating from 1911” (£ 60- £ 80 / € 69- € 93). The entire collection includes pieces from the Norweb, Noble and Macmillan collections in addition to that of Lester Burzinski, author of the standard reference, and is expected to reach around £ 10,000 / € 11,641.
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