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Biggest Airfix kit - Senna's MP4/6 - is up for sale

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03/08/2011

A gigantic Airfix kit of Ayrton Senna's MP4/6 is to be auctioned next month.

The Airfix sculpture features the legendary Brazilian's McLaren MP4/6 from his last season as World Champion. It was unveiled to the public last month at Blenheim Palace when COYS hosted its annual Concours d'Elegance and auction at the historic venue - and there to see it unveiled was Senna's former manager, Dennis Rushen.

Rushen, who was team manager in Senna's formative years said: "I was really impressed with the Senna sculpture. Such a clever idea and it really stands out as something really different. Often at race meetings Senna would fly his radio controlled helicopter. He was really into models and he would have appreciated the concept.

There has been huge renewed interest in Ayrton Senna since the film Senna was released and the auction house has received a huge amount of interest in the sculpture since they pictured it in their catalogue.

"It will be sold at our auction at the Nurburgring on August 13th," said Chris Routledge from COYS. "It really is a fantastic sculpture that would not be out of place in a design or motor museum or on the wall of a corporate office. We believe that it will sell for between £30,000 and £50,000.

The car was dismantled by McLaren and given to artist Jay Burridge who turned it into the gigantic Airfix kit in 1992.

Our photograph, courtesy of Adam Jacob’s photography, shows Dennis Rushen with the sculpture at a preview of the German sale.

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