A doggy space suit, a zero-gravity toilet contraption
and Yuri Gagarin’s empty cognac bottle are just some of the
items you can bid on in a soviet-era space auction. The bidding
war, set to begin in earnest in 24
hours on Proxibid, features more than 100 lots of space
memorabilia from behind the iron curtain.
The collection has been put under the hammer by Berlin-based
pop-artist Andora (born Andreas Hoge) who was commissioned to
paint Russia’s Proton rocket, launched in 1992 (he remains the only
artist to have their work orbiting earth). Fascinated by space
flight, Andora also trained as a cosmonaut while collecting the
curious reserve of books, space suits, photographs and
His reasons for selling the collection — which contains
historical artifacts including a piece of Wostok 1, the spacecraft
that took Gagarin into space, signed by the man himself — are
unknown, and the artist was unavailable for comment.
Many other treasures can be found within the lots, we’ve
selected a sampling of our favourites below, but hurry if you want
to get in an early reserve. The bidding
begins at 6pm CET, Saturday 13 September.