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Spacehardware
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posted 05-01-2014 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spacehardware   Click Here to Email Spacehardware     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This looks fun! Lempertz is holding a space sale (PDF) on May 7, 2014, selling a capsule and a couple of suits. Wouldn't mind the Foale suit.
Since times immemorial mankind has been fascinated by the dream of flying. Leonardo da Vinci and many other great artists were inspired by the idea of overcoming gravity. We can now offer you a space capsule with which you can enter into orbit, broaden your horizon and return safely back to Earth.

It has been in space twice and is still in working order. It is an ingenious feat of engineering, a technical and aesthetic miracle – like a precious Renaissance clock. Yet it was created in the contest of the world's two dominating political systems in 1977, and therefore still has a touch of James Bond about it!

Lempertz, too, is expanding its horizon, as it will be inaugurating its new premises in Brussels with an auction of the Soviet space capsule and two spacesuits. Prior to this event the space capsule will also be available for viewing in Berlin.

It is the first space capsule to be auctioned in Europe. Don't miss the previews, as they will provide a great opportunity to marvel at a major piece of contemporary history. After all, our space capsule also embodies the fulfilment of a dream of mankind. A trip to Brussels on 7 May will definitely be worthwhile.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-06-2014 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Used spacecraft for sale: Soviet-era space capsule up for auction in Belgium

A secondhand Soviet-era space capsule that launched into space twice is set to be sold in Belgium on Wednesday (May 7).

The Russian VA (Vozvraschaemyi Apparat, return vehicle) crew and cargo spacecraft is being offered by the Berlin-based Lempertz auction house at its newly-opened gallery in Brussels. Estimated to sell for $1 to $2 million (US), the capsule is said to be the first historic spacecraft to be put up for sale in Europe.

"We can now offer you a space capsule with which you can enter into orbit, broaden your horizon and return safely back to Earth," Lempertz's Kilian Jay von Seldeneck said. "It has been in space twice and is still in working order."

In addition to the capsule, Lempertz is also auctioning two Russian Sokol spacesuits, one donned by a cosmonaut to fly to the former Mir space station and the other worn by a British-American astronaut for his flight to the International Space Station.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-07-2014 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
7An unidentified European buyer paid 1.26 million euros ($1.74 million) to win the Soviet-era VA space capsule at Lempertz's Space Sale on Wednesday (May 7).

The auction's two other lots, Sokol KV-2 spacesuits worn by astronaut Michael Foale to the International Space Station and cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri to the Mir, sold for 70,000 euros ($97,400) and 63,000 euros ($87,700), respectively.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 05-08-2014 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to media reports, the winning bidder of the VA capsule will be placing it on display at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn as part of the temporary exhibit, "Outer Space: The Space Between Art and Science," the same exhibition that will include Gus Grissom's Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7.

The exhibit will run from Oct. 3, 2014 to Feb. 22, 2015.

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