Nigel Mansell's Extensive Automobilia Collection Headed For Auction

330 lots featuring all of Mansell's racing memorabilia will be offered with no reserve
©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

In a momentous decision, Nigel Mansell is selling his personal automobilia collection. These items were on display for many years in his museum on the island of Jersey but are now being offered to the public for the first time. Dubbed the Nigel Mansell Legacy Collection, there are more than 300 lots listed with RM Sotheby's that will be available to bid on from October 4 to 11. The collection includes Mansell's trophies won during his time in Formula One and IndyCar, including his 1992 and 1993 Championship years in both those series. The number plate '5 NM' is also offered with no reserve and is expected to attract significant attention, alongside mementos from every phase of Mansell's extensive racing career. 

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© Courtesy of Motorsport Images

Nigel Mansell says, “The collection is hugely personal to me. It represents the entirety of my career and is the vast majority of the items of clothing I have worn during my racing career; the helmets, suits and all the trophies I have won during more that 30 years of topflight motorsport. It is, in short, the material manifestation of the most significant moments of my career and it represents everything that I worked for from my teenage years through to the end of my racing career. I would only entrust my collection to RM Sotheby’s, as this is one of the most intensely personal collections of motorsport items that have been offered to the market.” 

©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's
©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

RM Sotheby's lists the collection to include: 

  • 32 helmets, most of which are race worn
  • 50 race suits, most of which are race and testing worn
  • More than 200 separate trophies and awards, including the most important won and presented to him during his long career
  • Two motorcycles, including his beloved paddock bike and a one-off custom ‘Il Leone’ BMW R18
  • 78 caps, including all the podium and pole position caps won during his Formula One career
  • Three genuine Formula One steering wheels from Ferrari, Williams, and McLaren
  • Paintings and photographs
  • Number plate ‘5 NM’
  • An array of paddock and sponsor clothing
  • Models, ornaments, and sundry memorabilia