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The Spoils of Spaceflight

Space-faring artifacts sold at an April auction drew bucks big and small

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These badges, sold together for $3355, granted access to restricted areas of Peenemünde, the military base in northeastern Germany where Wernher von Braun developed the V-2 rocket. After the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, treasure hunters slipped through the base’s fence and found items like these buried in the dirt. Yellow badges gave access to Test Stand 7, where the V-2s were tested.
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