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Sotheby’s to Auction Soviet Space Capsule

24. February 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Want to own a piece of Soviet space history? Sotheby’s auction house in New York  today announced that it will auction the 1961 capsule that carried mannequin Ivan Ivanovich and dog Zvezdochka (Little Star) into space.

The Vostok 3KA-2, the twin of the spacecraft which carried Yuri Gagarin into orbit, will head to auction on April 12. The Vostok 3KA-2 launched on March 25, 1961 and was meant as a final practice before Gagarin’s historic flight on April 12. Though the craft was scorched upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, both Zvezdochka and Ivan Ivanovich were recovered safely. Zvezdochka was one of many space dogs used to prepare for the first manned mission to space.

The Associated Press reports that the capsule, now on display at Sotheby’s, is expected to fetch anywhere between $2 - $10 million. However, not all of the original spacecraft is on display. The interior of the capsule, which contained formerly top secret instruments, has been stripped for security reasons.

The current owner of the capsule purchased the spacecraft from Russia several years ago and thought the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s journey into space was the perfect time to sell the fascinating piece of history.


Source: RiaNovosti