Ferrari's online auction has raised vital funds for the Italian earthquake victims

Ferrari has raised an impressive €1.8 million in funds which it will donate to victims of the recent earthquakes in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Two earthquakes hit the area just over a week apart in late May, flattening hundreds of buildings and killing dozens of people.

The online auction featured a host of items and sporting memorabilia up for sale, including race overalls and helmets donated by the team’s drivers, Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

A few particular items attracting a massive bidding war, selling well above their reserve prices.

A nose cone from the 2009 Ferrari F60 F1 car fetched €23,000, while a V8 engine from the Constructors’ Championship-winning F2008 earned €80,000 after successfully being sold to a bidder in the UK.

The headline sale item was a Ferrari 599XX road car, which was sold to an American bidder for over €1.2 million. The car features signatures from Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, as well as Alonso and Massa, and it will be presented to the buyer at September’s Italian Grand Prix.

“A pole position result,” said di Montezemolo. “I knew I could count on the big-heartedness of the Ferraristi but they’ve still managed to surprise me once again!

I would like to thank all the clients, collectors and enthusiasts that did their bit. Their bids have sent out a message of warmth and solidarity to the people in our region affected by this tragedy.”

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Richard Bailey

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