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Robert Pearlman
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European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Woerner has announced that the space agency will offer for sale some of its rarities at a public auction on Oct. 25, 2018 at Cité de l'Espace in Toulouse, France.
Space exploration requires the development of advanced equipment, which involves a great deal of documentation, tests and prototypes. The European Space Agency (ESA) is no exception to this rule, which concerns many other fields of activity.

Some of its objects that have now accomplished their task are in fact still stored by ESA although they no longer serve any purpose. At its press conference at the beginning of the year at the agency's headquarters in Paris, the general director Jan Woerner has announced that a selection called "ESA's Space Rarities" will be the subject of an exceptional auction. The venue chosen for this event is the Cité de l'Espace in Toulouse.

If this sale obviously arouses the interest of collectors, it will also be an opportunity for the general public to admire many objects that have forged the astronautical history of Europe since an exhibition of the lots will be organized at the Cité de l'Espace before the day of October 25 is devoted to the auction.

What objects will be on sale? For now, the list is being established.

Robert Pearlman
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European Space Agency (ESA) release
First ESA Space Rarities Auction rescheduled

For the inauguration of the SPACEBRAINS foundation on 12 April 2019, the first ever official auction of ESA space-related items will be held in Toulouse, France,

ESA Director General Jan Wörner announced this auction of ESA's "space rarities" at his press conference on 17 January. This sale will be of interest to collectors, but it will also be an opportunity for the general public to see many objects that have forged the history of astronautics in Europe, with the item being exhibited at the Cité de l'Espace the day before.

The auction will be conducted by Marc Labarbe of Toulouse, in partnership with ESA. A highly experienced sales house in France and a member of La Chambre Nationale des Commissaires-Priseurs judiciaires, Labarbe has organised several prestigious international art sales, including collections of artifacts and memorabilia on the themes of Concorde, world aviation, design and industrial art.

The catalogue is still being finalised, but when asked what objects will be on sale, Jan Wörner said with a wink, "We will not be selling launchers." Stay tuned!

The SPACEBRAINS foundation will support young European researchers and entrepreneurs with futuristic projects in the space field.

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