At the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this month, RM Sotheby’s made history with the first-ever international collector car auction held in Abu Dhabi. In this auction, the most exciting sale was that of a Ferrari driven by F1 legend Michael Schumacher, which went for $6.6 million final price. The auction was held on the grid of the Yas Marina Circuit after qualifying had concluded, with the F2002 headlining the event.
The proceeds from the sale will go to the Keep Fighting Foundation. It was started by Schumacher’s family, after the F1 superstar went through serious head injuries during a skiing accident.
A private investor bought the vehicle, who now gets to brag about owning the F2002 with the chassis number 219, which Schumacher drove for multiple races in the 2002 season, which include his victories at the grands prix held in Austria, France and San Marino.
That year, Schumacher won the F1 title with six races to go, making it the quickest any driver has ever locked down the Drivers’ Championship title. Since then, it has been part of numberous private collections around the world. It will now head back to Ferrari for a rebuild of its engine and transmission. Once the work is complete, it will be formally handed over to its new owner at Ferrari’s Fiorano test track.
But the highest sale of the day wasn’t any race car. It was the Pagani Zonda Aether, which sold for a final price of $6.8 million.