First-Ever Space Capsule Available to Bid for and Buy on the Internet Through http://www.icollector.com and at Auction Through Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills

Flown Russian Space Capsule, Part of a Mission That Made Emergency Repairs to

The MIR Space Station is the Only U.S./Mir Spacecraft Ever Offered for Sale



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from icollector.com

    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.icollector.com, the
 independent connection to the world's auction houses, and Superior Galleries
 of Beverly Hills announce the Spring 2001 Space Memorabilia Auction that
 includes the Russian Soyuz TM-26 Descent Capsule, the only U.S/Mir spacecraft
 ever offered for sale at auction. The auction, at The Museum of Flying in
 Santa Monica, California on Saturday 5 from 10am and Sunday 6 May from 9am
 will be open to a worldwide audience for bidding on the internet through
 http://www.icollector.com and http://www.eBayPremier.com, using live auction
 capability.
     Superior's Space Memorabilia auction contains a total of 2,855 lots and
 features material directly related to both the U.S. and Soviet/Russian space
 programs. Many flown and autographed items are available from the Mercury,
 Gemini and Apollo programs, as well as Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab and Shuttle
 missions. Of particular note is the flight log document filled out by Alan
 Shepard upon his return from America's first-ever manned flight into space
 (estimated $35,000-$50,000). Superior's sale falls on the 40th anniversary of
 Commander Shepard's historic Mercury mission aboard Freedom 7, and proceeds
 from the auction will be donated to the Astronaut Scholarship Fund. Other
 highlights include Apollo 15 Mission Commander Dave Scott's red name tag, grey
 with moon dust, from the suit he wore on the moon (estimated $50,000-$75,000);
 an Apollo 11 flown U.S. flag carried to the lunar surface and autographed by
 Buzz Aldrin (estimated $25,000-$35,000); and a color lithograph signed by the
 crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger (estimated $9,000-$11,000).
     The Soyuz TM-26 Capsule, estimated between $2,000,000-$2,500,000, is only
 the second flown manned capsule to come to auction. Launched in 1987 as part
 of a 197-day mission that made emergency repairs to the legendary Mir space
 station, the capsule successfully transported two Russian cosmonauts on a
 round trip of 79 million miles.
     While docked, the cosmonauts performed emergency repairs to Mir
 necessitated by a collision with a Progress supply spacecraft during Soyuz TM-
 25. These repairs saved the space station and allowed it to continue
 operation. During their stay, cosmonauts Anatoly Soloviev and Pavel Vinogradov
 were assisted by U.S. astronauts Michael Foale, David Wolf and Andrew Thomas.
 All three astronauts worked onboard Mir and used the Soyuz TM-26 capsule for
 various procedures and experiments.
     A massive bell-shape form measuring 2.2 meters in diameter, 2.16 meters
 high and weighing 2.8 tons, the capsule is characterized by a stark grey
 exterior, blackened and scorched from its re-entry into the Earth's
 atmosphere, which contrasts with its interior walls that are covered with
 electronic control panels and containing the original cosmonaut couches.
     Purchase of this extremely rare capsule also includes an invitation for
 the buyer and a guest to attend a Russian space launch, a guided VIP tour of
 Star City, where Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts live and train,
 and a tour of RSC Energia, manufacturer of all Soyuz space craft.
     Miles Barton, Auction Specialist at http://www.icollector.com said: " This
 auction is truly a one off opportunity for collectors worldwide to bid live on
 the Internet, direct into the auction house saleroom, on one of the most
 unusual and valuable lots ever to have been offered over the internet. A
 similar capsule was sold at auction in New York in 1993 for $1,650,000, which
 re-enforces the Soyuz's historical value. Not only is this a rare chance to
 buy into the historic legacy of space travel, it also enables purchasers to
 visit a current launch in Russia, a once in a lifetime experience."
     Details and instruction on placing bids using the eBay live auctions
 technology are available direct at http://www.ebayliveauctions.com.  Bidders
 must first sign up for each live auction online as a registered eBay user, and
 comply with the auction house's bidder approval requirements. Before placing
 bids using live auctions, users can browse the catalogues on
 http://www.icollector.com. Users can place bids before and during the sale.
 Once received, these bids are sent to the saleroom during the traditional
 auction.
     The Soyuz TM-26 Descent Capsule sale is part of an agreement between Space
 Media Inc. and the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC).
 Space Media and RSCE are promoting both American and Russian achievements in
 and contribution to peaceful space exploration. All freight and shipping
 charges are included in the sale price. The successful buyer should allow up
 to 24 weeks for delivery to allow for the necessary packing, shipping and
 customs paperwork.
 
     About icollector.com -- http://www.icollector.com
     http://www.icollector.com is the independent connection to the world's
 auction houses, dealers and galleries. Founded in 1994, it was one of the
 first companies dedicated to trading art, antiques and collectibles on the
 Internet. Operating from London and New York City, icollector.com represents
 300 of the world's leading auction houses and hundreds of the world's most
 reputable dealers and galleries. On a typical day over 25,000 art works,
 antiques and collectibles are available to bid for and buy on the site. Around
 the world collectors search icollector.com's auction house, dealer and gallery
 partners and place bids with the support of icollector's extensive library of
 pricing and reference materials.
 
     About Superior Galleries Beverly Hills -- http://www.superiorgalleries.com
     Since 1993, Superior Galleries, the world's leader in space memorabilia
 auctions, has conducted more than 14 space auctions and sold more than
 $28 million memorabilia directly related to man's exploration of space. In
 many cases, material for these sales has been provided by the actual
 astronauts and cosmonauts who flew in space and walked on the moon. In
 addition to space memorabilia, Superior is a leading, top-tier auction house
 for the sale of rare U.S., World and Ancient Coinage as well as U.S. and
 Worldwide Stamps. Since 1930, the company has built a reputation as one of the
 West Coast's premiere auction venues.
 
     For further information, images, or to arrange media interviews please
 contact:
     Susan Barber, International P.R. Director, icollector.com, telephone
 +44 (0) 207 313 2371 or email susan.barber@icollector.com;
 John Acunto, Rubenstein Public Relations, 212-843-8008,
 jacunto@rubensteinpr.com.
 
 

SOURCE icollector.com
    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- http://www.icollector.com, the
 independent connection to the world's auction houses, and Superior Galleries
 of Beverly Hills announce the Spring 2001 Space Memorabilia Auction that
 includes the Russian Soyuz TM-26 Descent Capsule, the only U.S/Mir spacecraft
 ever offered for sale at auction. The auction, at The Museum of Flying in
 Santa Monica, California on Saturday 5 from 10am and Sunday 6 May from 9am
 will be open to a worldwide audience for bidding on the internet through
 http://www.icollector.com and http://www.eBayPremier.com, using live auction
 capability.
     Superior's Space Memorabilia auction contains a total of 2,855 lots and
 features material directly related to both the U.S. and Soviet/Russian space
 programs. Many flown and autographed items are available from the Mercury,
 Gemini and Apollo programs, as well as Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab and Shuttle
 missions. Of particular note is the flight log document filled out by Alan
 Shepard upon his return from America's first-ever manned flight into space
 (estimated $35,000-$50,000). Superior's sale falls on the 40th anniversary of
 Commander Shepard's historic Mercury mission aboard Freedom 7, and proceeds
 from the auction will be donated to the Astronaut Scholarship Fund. Other
 highlights include Apollo 15 Mission Commander Dave Scott's red name tag, grey
 with moon dust, from the suit he wore on the moon (estimated $50,000-$75,000);
 an Apollo 11 flown U.S. flag carried to the lunar surface and autographed by
 Buzz Aldrin (estimated $25,000-$35,000); and a color lithograph signed by the
 crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger (estimated $9,000-$11,000).
     The Soyuz TM-26 Capsule, estimated between $2,000,000-$2,500,000, is only
 the second flown manned capsule to come to auction. Launched in 1987 as part
 of a 197-day mission that made emergency repairs to the legendary Mir space
 station, the capsule successfully transported two Russian cosmonauts on a
 round trip of 79 million miles.
     While docked, the cosmonauts performed emergency repairs to Mir
 necessitated by a collision with a Progress supply spacecraft during Soyuz TM-
 25. These repairs saved the space station and allowed it to continue
 operation. During their stay, cosmonauts Anatoly Soloviev and Pavel Vinogradov
 were assisted by U.S. astronauts Michael Foale, David Wolf and Andrew Thomas.
 All three astronauts worked onboard Mir and used the Soyuz TM-26 capsule for
 various procedures and experiments.
     A massive bell-shape form measuring 2.2 meters in diameter, 2.16 meters
 high and weighing 2.8 tons, the capsule is characterized by a stark grey
 exterior, blackened and scorched from its re-entry into the Earth's
 atmosphere, which contrasts with its interior walls that are covered with
 electronic control panels and containing the original cosmonaut couches.
     Purchase of this extremely rare capsule also includes an invitation for
 the buyer and a guest to attend a Russian space launch, a guided VIP tour of
 Star City, where Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts live and train,
 and a tour of RSC Energia, manufacturer of all Soyuz space craft.
     Miles Barton, Auction Specialist at http://www.icollector.com said: " This
 auction is truly a one off opportunity for collectors worldwide to bid live on
 the Internet, direct into the auction house saleroom, on one of the most
 unusual and valuable lots ever to have been offered over the internet. A
 similar capsule was sold at auction in New York in 1993 for $1,650,000, which
 re-enforces the Soyuz's historical value. Not only is this a rare chance to
 buy into the historic legacy of space travel, it also enables purchasers to
 visit a current launch in Russia, a once in a lifetime experience."
     Details and instruction on placing bids using the eBay live auctions
 technology are available direct at http://www.ebayliveauctions.com.  Bidders
 must first sign up for each live auction online as a registered eBay user, and
 comply with the auction house's bidder approval requirements. Before placing
 bids using live auctions, users can browse the catalogues on
 http://www.icollector.com. Users can place bids before and during the sale.
 Once received, these bids are sent to the saleroom during the traditional
 auction.
     The Soyuz TM-26 Descent Capsule sale is part of an agreement between Space
 Media Inc. and the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC).
 Space Media and RSCE are promoting both American and Russian achievements in
 and contribution to peaceful space exploration. All freight and shipping
 charges are included in the sale price. The successful buyer should allow up
 to 24 weeks for delivery to allow for the necessary packing, shipping and
 customs paperwork.
 
     About icollector.com -- http://www.icollector.com
     http://www.icollector.com is the independent connection to the world's
 auction houses, dealers and galleries. Founded in 1994, it was one of the
 first companies dedicated to trading art, antiques and collectibles on the
 Internet. Operating from London and New York City, icollector.com represents
 300 of the world's leading auction houses and hundreds of the world's most
 reputable dealers and galleries. On a typical day over 25,000 art works,
 antiques and collectibles are available to bid for and buy on the site. Around
 the world collectors search icollector.com's auction house, dealer and gallery
 partners and place bids with the support of icollector's extensive library of
 pricing and reference materials.
 
     About Superior Galleries Beverly Hills -- http://www.superiorgalleries.com
     Since 1993, Superior Galleries, the world's leader in space memorabilia
 auctions, has conducted more than 14 space auctions and sold more than
 $28 million memorabilia directly related to man's exploration of space. In
 many cases, material for these sales has been provided by the actual
 astronauts and cosmonauts who flew in space and walked on the moon. In
 addition to space memorabilia, Superior is a leading, top-tier auction house
 for the sale of rare U.S., World and Ancient Coinage as well as U.S. and
 Worldwide Stamps. Since 1930, the company has built a reputation as one of the
 West Coast's premiere auction venues.
 
     For further information, images, or to arrange media interviews please
 contact:
     Susan Barber, International P.R. Director, icollector.com, telephone
 +44 (0) 207 313 2371 or email susan.barber@icollector.com;
 John Acunto, Rubenstein Public Relations, 212-843-8008,
 jacunto@rubensteinpr.com.
 
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