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A $11,500 Cosmonaut Toilet and Other Space Relics


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You too can own a bit of space history, but you'll have to be ready to pony up some cash. This gallery is a sampling of some of the space goods that have been auctioned at Swann Auction Galleries and Sotheby's. "Bravely to the Stars / No Obstacles for Heroism," is a color lithographic poster showing cosmonaut in red within red text forming the outline of a rocket ship, Moscow, 1968. Sold for $510. Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

"The Atom, for Work, for Service, Peace & Progress," a color lithographic poster showing a Russian scientist examining the model of an atom as a rocket behind him races toward the moon, Moscow, 1955. Sold for $2,640. Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

Even if riding in a rocket into outer space doesn't scare you, this will: Two waste management systems: a prototype collector for women flown on board the Vostok 6 and a space toilet from Soyuz 3. Both sold for $11,500. Courtesy Sotheby's.

Going to space is no reason to abandon hygiene. You may have trod upon the moon, but you still have to brush your teeth. Flown Apollo 11 Toothbrush and Storage Sleeve, one of only two taken to the lunar surface during the first lunar landing, Lactona for NASA, 1969, with a Typed Letter Signed by Buzz Aldrin. Sold for $18,400. Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

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