Sotheby’s in New York is giving a golden opportunity to all those who love collecting different vehicles with a historical remembrance with this 1961 Soviet Space capsule. Before blasting the first human into space in 1961, the Soviet Union fired off one last test flight of the tiny capsule that would carry Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on his historic mission.
The spherical Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule will be auctioned on 12 April, the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by Soviet pilot Yury Gagarin. Sotheby’s, which is displaying the capsule at its New York headquarters ahead of the sale, estimates it will fetch between $2 million to $10 million. The owner, who wished to remain anonymous, bought it privately from Russia several years ago.
It goes without saying that the role of this spacecraft in the sphere of space history is commendable. “Not only are there no other examples outside of Russia of the world’s first spacecraft, this capsule was pivotal in space history as providing the green light for Gagarin’s spectacular achievement,” David Redden, the head of Sotheby’s special projects department, said in a statement.
It was sent into space on March 25, 1961, carrying a life-sized human mannequin and a small dog named Zvezdochka. The capsule completed one orbit, then reentered the atmosphere and landed safely under parachute. The bottom half is blackened from scorching while reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. The top half of the outside shell, made of synthetic materials, is bronze-colored and bears a huge dent. Inside, the cramped space is littered with remains of old wires and the ejector seat.
We think before entering into the bid, just make sure you have enough place to park this capsule.