Adoration for Ayrton Senna was rekindled after Asif Kapadia’s film “Senna” came out in 2010, creating a new following among younger racing enthusiasts and inspiring a fresh group of Formula 1 fans.
Perhaps to cash in on the Ayrton Senna mania, several significant pieces of memorabilia have been auctioned recently, including Senna’s racing helmet and fire suit, McLaren MP4/6 race car, and his debut Formula 1 season Toleman TG184-2.
The latest piece of Senna racing history to be placed on the auction block is his first F1 steering wheel. Pulled from the Toleman TG-183B driven at the 1894 season opening Brazilian Grand Prix, Senna signed and dated the steering wheel as well, which will undoubtedly serve to increase its value.
According to the Silverstone auction house, the piece is expected to sell for well over $20,000. Whether these estimates are reliable remains to be seen. In February, an auction dropped the hammer on Senna’s racing helmet and McLaren Nomex suit at prices that nearly doubled pre-auction estimates. If the steering wheel can repeat that result, expect to see a lot more memorabilia being sold.
[Source: Silverstone Auctions]