Article No.: M0069
There are a few holy grails of space-flown artifacts which never seem to be available: John Glenn Mercury MA-6 and Yuri Gagarin - Vostok 1.
Unfortunately (for collectors) these represent the first orbital flights of a Russian and an American astronaut in history. This is an opportunity for the passionate collector to own a FLOWN artifact perfectly certified from the world's first manned spaceflight when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.
Bolt metal fragments mounted on a 7x9'' rigid foam board certified on the backside. The metal fragments were collected during cutting a part of the original bolt into slices for an acrylic presentation.
Since then very few flown artifacts from Vostok 1 have surfaced on the market, some legal, some more illegal, some with weak provenance, some with better provenance but still nothing serious. We were glad to obtain a flown hollow bolt from the Vostok 1 capsule with provenance and certification by Oleg Ivanovsky (already in charge of the first Sputnik and Lunar flights - shown on the color photos along with Yuri Gagarin) who was made director of the first manned spaceflight by Sergey Korolev and became the last person to wish Gagarin a safe flight before he tightened one of these screws/bolts on the capsule's hatch. This bolt held the capsule together that carried Yuri Gagarin into space.
Vostok 1 was the first spaceflight of the Soviet Vostok program and the first human spaceflight in mankind's history. It was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 12, 1961, with Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin aboard, making him the first human in space. Vostok 1 made a single orbit around Earth at 169 kilometers with a duration of 108 minutes from launch to landing. Gagarin parachuted to the ground separately from his capsule after ejecting at 7 kilometers altitude.
Great opportunity to get a flown Vostok 1 artifact at an unbeatable price.