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Fragment Of Vostok-1 Rocket Sold For 7.5 Thousand Euros
September 15, 2014 16:46

 The fragments of the “Vostok-1” rocket with the signature of Yuri Gagarin were sold at the auction in Berlin for 7.5 thousand euros. The auction was organized by the auction house ‘Auctionata’, and the rocket fragment, a small piece of metal of the size 5.8 x 4.3 centimeters, was the lot number 69. The starting price of the lot was designated as three thousand euros. The auction itself is called ‘Soviet Space Memorabilia’.

All 104 lots belong to the personal collection of the artist Andreas Hoge. The pen-name of Hoge is Andora, he is an artist from the GDR, who participated in the design of the “Proton” rocket at Baikonur in 1992. The cigarette company West was then the project’s sponsor, the rocket was designed by Hoge in cooperation with the artist Yuri Leiderman. Hoge painted the portrait of Gagarin on the body of the rocket, the top of the rocket contained the quote of the writer Chingiz Aitmatov – “The latent form of life breathes even in stone, we can present all things in the universe by thought and word, and it is where we are responsible for the life”.

The phrase put down by the writer on the paper is preserved in the collection of Andora, it was placed on auction under number eight. “I asked the children if they want to deal with this collection, but they have their own lives and their work, so I decided to place these things on auction” - the artist said before the start of the bidding. Hoge lived in Russia for a long time, he was trained to be a cosmonaut, made close friends with the cosmonaut Vladimir Dzhanibekov and gathered his collection during several years. Now he wants to harmonize his life and part with some things, leaving himself only a few of those, for example, the cosmonaut’s diploma.

The arms of Andora are covered with tattoos, the tattoo on his right arm depicts the very “Proton” rocket painted by the artist. The bidding is held online, the screens of the auction house receive requests from collectors on the Internet. The employees of the auction house processing incoming proposals on the Internet and by phone work from a special studio. The most notable and the most expensive lots were the sketches by Andora - their starting price was two thousand euros, the wrist watch ‘Fortis & Andora’ was estimated at three thousand euros.

The artist’s work entitled “The Death of the Cosmonaut” and depicting the designed space suit in a frame is estimated at the starting two thousand euros. The space suit for the dog was estimated at four thousand euros, but the collector from France bought it for 14,000 euros. 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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