Scuderia AlphaTauri and Catawiki launch unprecedented auctions
Scuderia AlphaTauri and Catawiki, the leading online marketplace for special objects, announce an unprecedented partnership, offering fans the opportunity to own a piece of Formula 1 history.
A series of five online auctions will be held this year, accessible to everyone, featuring a record number of over 300 collector’s items carefully selected by Catawiki’s motorsport experts. The items are from the F1 team’s past and present seasons and includes pieces from both the Scuderia Toro Rosso and the Scuderia AlphaTauri era. The wide variety of items going to auction include various car part – such as wheel nuts, flaps, front and rear wings, alongside drivers’ racing kits, helmets and pit crew overalls. The most notable item of the first online auction is the STR11 Formula One car driven by Max Verstappen, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat in the 2016 World Championship in a season when Scuderia Toro Rosso scored 63 points. The car’s hand painted bull by Jos Pirkner on the engine cover was the first of its kind seen on any F1 livery, giving the car an artistic and dynamic look.
“We are proud to be partnering with Scuderia AlphaTauri and helping to open their archives to F1 fans and Collectors to own a truly iconic piece of racing history. From their role developing world class drivers, to the current talented line up of Yuki and Nyck, the collection that we will be offering together is a truly remarkable piece of motorsport memorabilia.” – Genevieve Tearle, General Manager of Collectables at Catawiki
Through Catawiki’s auctions, Scuderia AlphaTauri aim to bring the exclusive allure of Formula 1 within reach of its fans. Scuderia AlphaTauri has long been a training ground for some of F1’s most celebrated drivers making it a natural gateway into the world of F1. And with over 75,000 objects in auction every week and millions of buyers from across the globe, Catawiki is the ideal partner to find new lucky owners for these incredible objects. The rapid growth and popularity of Formula 1 go hand in hand with a growing market for its collectables. The demand for iconic sports memorabilia has more than doubled on Catawiki since 2019, partly thanks to the spectacle that is F1.
Fans of Scuderia AlphaTauri’s two current drivers, Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries, and former drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Pierre Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz, are also in for a treat. Their driver kits, both signed and unsigned, are up for bidding, along with Verstappen’s worn 2016 gear.
“I am pleased to bring F1 collectors closer to the rich history of our team and give them the opportunity to own a piece of our own history,” commented Franz Tost, Scuderia AlphaTauri Team Principal. “I like to think there will be a piece of either Toro Rosso or Scuderia AlphaTauri on display in our fans’ living rooms, up until one of our racing cars is parked in their garage. With Catawiki we have found the best possible partner to make this possible.”
The first 70 objects are up for auction now and fans can place their bids until July 12th, 2023. Part of the proceeds of the first auction will be donated to the relief aid operation run by the City of Faenza to support those affected by the flooding and heavy rain in May this year. Part of the proceeds of the subsequent auctions will be donated to the not-for-profit foundation Wings for Life, which is dedicated to spinal cord injury research.
Catawiki is the leading online marketplace to buy and sell special objects. Over 75,000 objects are offered in auction every week – each reviewed and selected by Catawiki’s hundreds of in-house experts specialised in Art, Design, Jewellery, Fashion, Classic Cars, Collectables and much more. Discover special objects for every passion on catawiki.com or download the app.
About Scuderia AlphaTauri
Scuderia AlphaTauri is an Italian Formula One racing team, owned by Red Bull. From 2006 to 2019 it was known as Scuderia Toro Rosso and since 2020 the team is named after the fashion brand AlphaTauri which was founded by Red Bull in 2016 as brand extension in the fashion world. “Challenging the status quo for excellence” summarize the shared mindset of this strategical partnership. United by the Red Bull heritage, both parties are pioneers in their own field and come together to push boundaries through innovations, in motorsport and in fashion.
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