The Spoils of Spaceflight

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

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This sketch by rocket engineer Wernher von Braun informed Fred Freeman’s illustrations for the 27 June 1953 issue of Collier’s, part of a series entitled “Man Will Conquer Space Soon.” The series detailed von Braun’s plans for human spaceflight; he imagined the “baby satellite” staying in orbit for 60 days and carrying monkeys, TV cameras, antennas, solar mirrors, and Geiger counters. The sketch sold for $12 200.
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