«Sputnik-1» satellite was auctioned off in the USA
The first model of the Soviet artificial satellite «Sputnik-1» with the Czech radio transmitter Tesla Maj 620A was auctioned off at the British auction house Bonhams, that was held on September 27 in New York.
The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, paid for the rarity five times higher the starting price. Pre-sale price was 150 thousand dollars. The new owner of aluminum sphere on a stand weighing about 45.5 kg and a height of about 2 meters has paid 847.5 thousand dollars.
In the lot description on Bonhams site it is stated that “Sputnik-1” with the serial number “0K6-1 / 002/1957” is «an impressive artifact from the dawn of the space age,» which was created in 1957.
Exceptionally rare vintage test model of the «Sputnik-1» satellite, one of only a few made to test ground Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and Electromagnetic Interference (AMI) testing. The «Sputnik-1» artificial satellite was launched into Earth orbit on October 4, 1957.
There are only five known vintage replicas of the «Sputnik-1»: three in private hands, one just outside Moscow at the Energia Corporate Museum, and one at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
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