Bonhams Phil Morris auction: Buy a piece of motorcycle racing history

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Bidding is underway for the contents of the Phil Morris Road Racing Museum in a special Bonhams online auction.

Highlights of the collection – which includes over 330 pieces of racing memorabilia – include a Joey Dunlop helmet from 1976/77, finished in his trademark yellow and black and worn by the man himself. This is expected to sell for between £1200-£1500 but at time of writing has reached £650.

Conversely, a signed Marco Simoncelli helmet with an estimate of £500-£700 has already reached a bid of £3000 and a Barry Sheene Arai RX-7 used at the Goodwood Revival in 2001 has reached £1700, already far beyond its £400-£600 estimate.

If you have the space, you could also grab yourself an enormous Michelin advertising inflatable from 1984-1985. It is signed by Freddie Spencer, who apparently kissed it for luck at every track when he did the double (becoming 250cc and 500cc champion in the same season).

Bidding closes on Tuesday, May 3 and can be found here.