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Soviet-era space capsule fetches $1.7m at auction

Published on May 8, 2014 2:52 AM

BRUSSELS (AFP) - A Soviet-era space capsule that carried three cosmonauts into space in the 1970s fetched a million euros (S$1.7 million) at auction on Wednesday.

The capsule went to an unidentified European buyer after bidding by telephone, Christine de Schaetzen, who heads German auction house Lempertz, told AFP after what it said was the first such auction in Europe.

The historic piece dating back to the Soviet-US space race during the Cold War had been estimated at between one and two million US dollars.

A British company first bought the 2.2-metre-high capsule, which was also used for a short unmanned mission in 1978 and then for training.

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