Article No.: M0070
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 Soviet 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.
The 8x10 presentation has metal fragments from that bolt attached that came off during cutting a part of it into slices that were used for the (long soldout) acrylics.
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 on April 12, 1961.
Soviet Vostok 1 was the first spacecraft to carry a human, Yuri A. Gagarin, into earth orbit, occurring 25 days prior to the first U.S. suborbital flight. After one orbit, the spacecraft reentered earth's atmosphere and landed in Kazakhstan 1 hour and 48 minutes after launch. The cosmonaut ejected the Vostok capsule at approximately 7 km and returned to earth by parachute.
Great opportunity to get a flown Vostok 1 artifact at an unbeatable price.
The presentation comes with a COA and copies of the original documents.