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Autograph of Ayrton Senna (1993)

Autograph of Ayrton Senna (1993)

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Less than a year before his tragic accident, Brazilian Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna signs an autograph at Paris airport.

  • Ayrton Senna's autograph for a fan, David Mette.
  • One page, front and back.
  • In French.
  • 10 cm x 15 cm.
  • Paris, 1-4 July 1993.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

David Mette recounts his meeting with Ayrton Senna, at the beginning of July 1993.

How did you find Ayrton Senna?

I wasn't a fan in the truest sense of the word, but I admired this great driver. When he arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport, he gave me this signature when leaving the plane, at Terminal 1 in Roissy, he had traveled with the Brazilian company and was going to the French F1 circuit. I was actually working at the airport so I could access certain restricted areas of the airport, that's how I got the chance to meet some celebrities. I was lucky to get close to him, because he was with a lot of people.

What memories do you have of the pilot?

A person of great kindness and elegance. He was dressed in light, perhaps cream-colored pants and coat, and was tanned.

What exactly happened?

I gave him this card, a form filled out by all foreign passengers arriving at the airport and requested by the immigration authorities, because I had nothing more than that, and I didn't have a pen. He responded positively to my request, stopped a few meters from the crowd, put down his suitcase and took out a pen from his brown briefcase!

Did you manage to take a photo with Senna?

Unfortunately I wasn't able to take photos. At the time, there was no cell phone, I didn't have a camera with me.

Why are you selling this autograph?

I prefer this document to belong to a true Senna lover, perhaps Brazilian, than to leave it in a drawer.

Ayrton Senna's authentic autographs are very rare, he died young. Furthermore, most are fake or in poor condition. This one is in perfect condition, authenticated... and signed less than a year before its tragic accident. The Grand Prix on July 4th took place in Magny-Cours, it was his great rival Alain Prost who won the race, Senna only finishing fourth in his last trip to France.

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