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Antiquorum to Auction Paul Newman’s Racing Suit and Helmet

By Chris Boyle

Paul Newman Racing SuitAntiquorum Auctioneers, the world’s premier watch auctioneers, is to hold an auction of ‘Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces’ at its US headquarters on Madison Avenue this April 9.

Among the collection of fine timepieces are some highly collectible items – not only for the avid watch collector, but also for the auto racing enthusiast, highlighted by Paul Newman’s racing suit and helmet from the 1980s.

Paul Newman, the legendary actor and philanthropist, was also a passionate auto racing driver, enthusiast and team owner. Newman’s interest in racing was sparked while training at the Watkins Glen Racing School for his role in the 1969 film ‘Winning’. In 1972 he started racing professionally and from the mid 1970s to the early 1990s, Newman raced for the Bob Sharp Team.

Newman’s racing suit and helmet worn during this period are being offered in Antiquorum’s April 9 auction. The white suit with red and blue stripes down the arms and legs is embroidered with Newman’s name and features sponsorship patches from Datsun, Budweiser, Hannas Car Wash Systems, Canon, Kendall and Good Year.

It is presented with a red, white and blue helmet, accompanied by copies of photographs showing Newman wearing the suit and helmet and a letter of authenticity written by P. Avanzato, a fabricator at Bob Sharp Racing from 1972 to 1987.

Estimate: US$50,000 – 70,000

Another interesting piece of auto racing memorabilia offered in the auction is an Omega Speedmaster given to race car builder and Maybelline heir Jerry Westhouse by Newman Haas Racing in 1997. For many years, Jerry worked for Newman Haas Racing, a team co-founded by Newman with Carl Haas in 1983. The Omega Speedmaster presented in this sale is a fine self-winding stainless steel wristwatch with round-button chronograph and registers, made in 1996. It is accompanied by the original fitted box in the shape of two racing car wheels and a Certificate of Authenticity.

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