Sheikh’s world endurance champs helmet sells for $US6.5m

The helmet that Sheikh Mohammad wore to win the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships has sold at a charity auction for $US6.5 million ($NZ9.95m).
The helmet that Sheikh Mohammed wore to win the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships has sold at a charity auction for $US6.5 million ($NZ9.95m). © Emirates Auction

The helmet worn by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to win the 2012 FEI World Endurance Championships has sold at a charity auction in Dubai for $US6.5 million ($NZ9.95m).

The helmet which sold for AED24.05m was among several equestrian items at the auction to benefit the Al Jalila Foundation, which raised a total of 89.8 million dirhams, or $US24.5 million ($NZ37.2m).

The back of the helmet that sold for $US6.5 million.
The back of the helmet that sold for $US6.5 million. © Emirates Auction

The Al Jalila Foundation is a global philanthropic organisation created by Sheikh Mohammad in 2013, dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. It is named for his daughter with his wife, Princess Haya Al Hussein, who was president of the FEI until late 2014.

Other items that sold included an Al Yamamah saddle used by Sheikh Mohammad’s son, Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to win the endurance championship at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Championships in France. The saddle fetched AED2.4 million ($US655,000; $NZ993,000).

An arabian horse was also auctioned at the fundraising gala dinner, as was a rare single digit Dubai vehicle license plate of Code O number 9, which fetched AED23.9m ($US6.5m; $NZ9.9m). It was the first time a single digit plate had been auctioned.

A single-digit Dubai vehicle license plate fetched AED23.9m ($US6.5m; $NZ9.9m) at the auction for the Al Jalila Foundation.
A single-digit Dubai vehicle license plate fetched AED23.9m ($US6.5m; $NZ9.9m) at the auction for the Al Jalila Foundation. © Emirates Auction

Other items auction included a sculpture, a 300-year-old Quran, a luxury holiday, and timepieces, and the total raised also included donations of AED25 million ($US6.8m) and AED10 million ($US2.7m).

The Al Yamamah saddle donated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on which he rode to victory at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, sold for Dh2.40 million.
The Al Yamamah saddle donated by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on which he rode to victory at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, sold for $US655,000. © Emirates Auction

 

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