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Video: Soviet Space Memorablia Auction on September 13

The universe: exploring new frontiers

Nothing seems to capture the imagination of humanity as much as outer space. Our boundless desire to discover the unknown has been evident since time immemorial and has never been tamed by adversity. Once the furthest corners of earth had been mapped, humanity set about exploring new frontiers. What began in 1957 with the very first satellite, Sputnik 1, and continued with the first man walking on the moon in 1969, is perpetuated today in the shape of masterful human feats.

The space shuttle, the international space station along with the Mars probes demonstrate the incredible ambitions of international space travel. Although the space race stemmed from the Cold War, conquering space has gone beyond all earthly differences for the sake of human progress through international collaboration and peaceful cooperation. On the 55th anniversary of the first successful space probe, Lunik 2, which landed on the moon’s surface on September 13, 1959, Auctionata is organizing a special auction of extraordinary memorabilia from the history of spaceflight. Don’t miss this extraordinary auction or other valuable information regarding Auctionata by registering for our newsletter now.

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The ‘Space race‘– From Sputnik, Laika and the moon

Sokol KV-2 scale model of a space suit, made by NPP ZVEZDA , Russia

The Cold War in space

The Soviet Union surprised the international community in 1957 by launching the first satellite named Sputnik 1 into space. During the very same year, the dog Laika was sent into orbit. After Juri Gargarin became the first human in space, the USA faced a major Cold War defeat. This prompted John F. Kennedy to announce America’s intention to land a man on the moon within ten years in his speech ‘New Frontier’ in 1960. In doing so, the ‘race to the moon’ had officially started. When Neil Armstrong took the very first step on the moon on July 21, 1969, the USA had won the race.

The Soviet Union too could show a number of successes. The moon probe Lunik 2 for instance, which was the first human object to land on the moon’s surface, is just one example. Despite all the adversity faced along the way, the ‘race to the moon’ remains a pillar of human achievement that has not been equaled to this day. Since the end of the Cold War, space exploration seems to have taken a backseat. However, more recent projects such as the international space station and the landing of numerous Mars robots indicates that the fascination, which space travel awakens in humanity, remains wholly intact.

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To outer space and back – Space travel you can touch

Coffee with Milk Tube - Flown – Signed by Popovich, 1962

Real relics of the ‘race to the moon’

Many items at Auctionata have travelled far and wide, although many of the items of Soviet spaceflight memorabilia have gone a step further. It will be possible to bring home such a piece of spaceflight history during our auction. Amongst the lots you will find space-tried space suits, signed collector’s items and manuscripts from the Soviet space program. All of these unique items are of great scientific and sentimental value.

One auction highlight is a Soviet dog spacesuit from 1961. Such a spacesuit was also worn by the unforgettable dog Laika, who was the first living creature to orbit the Earth but sadly did not return alive. Another unique item comes in the shape of a fragment of the Wostok 1, the spaceship which brought Juri Gagarin into space, the very first human being to do so. Other items include a Forel hydrosuit for water landings, along with gloves, a helmet and shoes originating from an Orlan cosmonaut spacesuit. Furthermore, the auction will feature a cognac bottle, which was signed by Juri Gargarin, a tube of coffee with milk, which was signed by Pavel Popovich after it accompanied him into space and a personally inscribed photo album belonging to the Russian astrophysicist Yuri Naumovich Lipsky.

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Rare contemporary witnesses of space exploration

Gloves, Shoes and Helmet of an Orlan Cosmonaut Overall

Every collection tells a story

Alongside art and antiques, Auctionata will always remain a place for special collector’s items. We now offer spaceflight enthusiasts the opportunity to become the proud owners of numerous unique items that are deeply steeped in ‘space race’ history. Merely the provenance of these collector’s items tells an exciting story. All items hail from the private ownership of the pop art artist Andora (Andreas Hoge), who in 1992 painted one of the proton rockets at the request of the Russian space agency. Soon after it was shot into space, making it the first to bring a work of art into orbit.

Andora remained fascinated by space flight and completed his cosmonaut training around the same time. He has remained closely in touch with the theme of spaceflight over the following years and made numerous contacts and friends amongst the representatives of the Russian spaceflight. This allowed him to build up an impressive collection of fascinating items from the Soviet space program. All of these were to be exhibited in a museum. However, Andora was unable to implement this plan, which makes the fact that Auctionata may present them to other spaceflight enthusiasts all the more exciting.

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