Lot 9029: Exceptional color postcard of Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov in uniform and reading a newspaper on a park bench, 5.75 x 4, signed in blue ink by Titov and in black ink by Gagarin. In fine condition, with a small, unobtrusive tear to bottom edge and slight brushing to the Gagarin signature. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from collector Alex Panchenko, who includes two printed images of himself posing with original postcard owner and cosmonaut Alexei Leonov. Signed in 1962 by the national heroes of Vostok 1 and 2, this vibrantly colored postcard is strengthened by its impeccable provenance and the uncommon pairing of Gagarin, the first man in space, and Titov, the youngest man in space.
RR Auction's Space and Aviation Auction 463
Thursday, 22nd October 2015
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