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Sale of Sebastian Vettel's golden helmet nets $118,000 for spinal cord research

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Not only did 26-year old German racer Sebastian Vettel break the Formula One world record by winning nine races in a row this past year (a feat never before achieved in the 63 years since the championship began), the 26-year old Red Bull star just broke another one without even getting behind the wheel, when the golden helmet he wore during the German Grand Prix sold at auction for a whopping $118,000.

The previous record was $116,189 paid for a helmet once worn by Brazilian champ Ayrton Senna.
"This is one of my favorite helmet designs from this season and it goes without saying that this was one of the most special races for me, my first ever home win," Vettel told Red Bull's official website.

Proceeds from the sale (as well as those garnered from the sale of two helmets worn by Red Bull’s Mark Webber in his final F1 season) will go directly to the Wings for Life charity founded by Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz to fund research involving injuries to spinal cords.

"Just as the race meant a lot to me, Wings for Life does too and it's my pleasure to donate this signed and worn helmet."

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