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 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; $NZ9.9m). It was the first time a single digit plate had been auctioned.
Other items auction included a sculpture, a 300-year-old Quran, a luxury holiday, and timepieces, and the total raised also included donations of AED25 million ($US6.8m) and AED10 million ($US2.7m).