Moscow, Apr 5 (Latest) .- The Russian company Liftfund today announced an upcoming auction dedicated to the anniversary of the first flight of a human being into space, in which it will present lots with photos of Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova.
“On the eve of April 7, Cosmonautics Day, the auction house Liftfund will hold an auction dedicated to the 61st anniversary of the first flight into space,” the firm reported on its website, presenting a total of 57 lots.
According to Liftfund, the online auction includes photos of Gagarin, the first man to fly into space; a wedding photo album of Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut; the first toys related to space and “other unique rarities, testimonies of the dawn of the conquest of space”.
Among the lots there is a graduation photo signed by Gagarin, another of the moment in which he is decorated by the then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, also with an autograph, and a series of images with pencil annotations on the reverse, made by the cosmonaut.
The auction house pays special attention to the wedding album of Tereshkova and fellow Soviet cosmonaut Andrián Nikolayev, which includes 69 photographs in various formats, with an autograph of the newlyweds.
The photos feature several Soviet cosmonauts, as well as political leaders such as Nikita Khrushchev and Rodion Malinovsky.
The starting price of this lot is 40,000 rubles (about 480 dollars, about 437.5 euros).
The most expensive lot includes the archive of Alexander Shekhjan, an aerospace technical specialist, with 57 autographed IDs of cosmonauts, 66 medals and 64 metal stamps, as well as a book signed by Gagarin, whose starting price is 950,000 rubles ($11,365,000). more than 10,300 euros).
In addition to photos, medals, books and toys will be auctioned, in particular a “Lunajod” made in 1980 in the German Democratic Republic or the first toy Soviet cosmonaut “Neznaika-Kosmonavt”.
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