Top 10: Russian space memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:27:04

10. Signed Yuri Gagarin photograph - $5,078

Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961 and his autograph is today much sought after.

A signed Gagarin photo sold for $5,078 at a Heritage Auctions sale in 2008. It contains the message:

“The wisdom of the [Communist] Party, the strength of Soviet people - all these helped us in difficult work of first space conquerors. Gagarin.”

9. Valentina Tereshkova’s signed training helmet - $13,000

Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space when her Vostok 6 launched on June 16 1963.

Her SK-2 training helmet sold for $13,000 at an auction in Bell Canyon, California in 2005.

Tereshkova was chosen from more than 500 applicants.

8. 1997 Soyuz pressure suit - $16,000

The pressure suit worn by Pavel Vinogradov while conducting extra vehicular activities (EVAs) during his 195 days on board the MIR space station in 1997 sold for $16,000 at a Regency-Superior auction in April 2007.

7. Vostok scale model - $18,000

A scale model of the historic 1957 – 1960 Vostok spacecraft, manufactured by the NPO Lavochkin Institute as a gift to a leading rocket designer, sold for $18,000 at a Regency-Superior sale in October 2008.

6. Space flown US and Soviet agreement - $25,000

The July 1975 Soyuz and Apollo missions saw Soviet and US spacecraft dock for the first time.

The handshake between commanders Leonov and Tom Stafford paved the way for collaboration between the two countries in space at a time when cold war tensions remained high.

It was the last Apollo mission.

A space flown historic document, signed by both crews in celebration of the historic event and looking forward to continued collaboration, sold for $25,000 at an Aurora auction in April 2005. It is one of five such documents.

5. Foton space capsule - $96,000

Foton capsules were first introduced by the Soviets in 1985. Directly descended from the passenger-bearing Vostoks, these unmanned satellites were designed to conduct scientific research.

One of several Fotons flown in recent years sold for $96,000 at an Ader auction in Paris, France in June 2007.

4. Dzhanibekov Aleksandrovich's EVA spacesuit - $125,269

Dzhanibekov Aleksandrovich completed five Soyuz missions during the 70s and 80s, which included two EVAs. The spacesuit he wore for landing and taking off during one of his five missions sold for $125,269 in 2009.

3. Yuri Gagarin's typescript from his first flight - $171,000

A typescript of Gagarin’s experiences from his historic first flight into space sold for $171,000 at Christie’s in April 2011.

Gagarin commented on the Earth’s “very beautiful blue halo”.

2. Alexei Leonov's Apollo-Soyuz suit - $242,000

Alexei Leonov wore the suit while commander of the July 1975 Soyuz mission that saw Russian and US spacecraft dock for the first time. It sold for $242,000 at Bonhams in 2011.

Leonov was also the first man to conduct a spacewalk, taking the air for 12 minutes and nine seconds when he stepped outside his Voshkod 2 spacecraft in March 1965.

1. Vostok 3KA-2 capsule - $2.9m

The Vostok 3KA-2 space capsule sold for $2.9m at a Sotheby’s auction in April 2011. It was a test capsule, sent up in March 1961, three weeks before Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

On board the test capsule were Zvezdochka the dog, who came back unharmed, and a life-size dummy called Ivan Ivanovich.

It is the most expensive piece of space memorabilia ever sold.

The capsule that propelled Gagarin into orbit resides at a private Russian museum run by the state-owned Energia space company.


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