COLOGNE, Germany – Auction Team Breker‘s November 6 Science & Technology / Mechanical Music / Fairground auction boasts 424 lots of unique and choice material, ranging from a 1957 laboratory test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite to a functional English mid-century children’s carousel to antique gramophones and telephones. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A likely top lot is a 1957 laboratory test model of the Sputnik-1 satellite, serial no. 0K6-1/004/1957, with a built-in transmitter that includes a modern 12-volt power supply. It was built at the Experimental Design Bureau-1 (OKб-1/OKB-1) factory, also known as S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, in Koroljow, Soviet Union, shortly before the launch of the famed Soviet satellite, and it comes from the collection of Dr. Frank Malina, USA/CSSR. The scarce and unusual model carries an estimate of €150,000-€250,000.
A second notable Space Race artifact is a CIAM-NASA hypersonic flying laboratory, dubbed the Kholod and dating to 1991. It was developed by the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM), and built after the dissolution of the USSR in a joint venture with the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), and was used as a laboratory for newly developed systems, such as the scramjet engine. Nine Kholods were built, and five were destroyed during test flights. This example measures 12 meters (more than 39 feet) long and carries an estimate of €40,000-€70,000.
Leading the lots that stand for pure fun is a circa-1960 English fully functional children’s carousel (above), fitted with eight horses, two zebras, a motorbike with sidecar, a ship, a bulldozer, a bicycle, a scooter and a fire brigade vehicle. It is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.
A second fairground treasure is a circa-1890 Ruth/Voigt fairground organ that was rebuilt by Heinrich Voigt in 1938, described as being in “excellent playing condition.” It is estimated at €50,000-€60,000.
Rounding out the carnival-themed highlights is a circa-1900 German carousel horse fashioned from hand-carved lime wood and featuring painted eyes and a real horsehair tail. It is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.
The selection of antique consumer technology objects includes a 1907 Maestrophone Hot-Air Engine horn gramophone, model 205, estimated at €10,000-€12,000, and also a unique circa-1880 Ericsson telephone created for the royal castle in Oslo.
The Swedish company’s vision of a phone fit for a king included a walnut case with a marquetry-inlaid writing desk and a large Swedish-Norwegian coat of arms on the front. The device features a Bell-type earphone and is described as being in very good original condition. It is estimated at €18,000-€25,000.
The current rate of exchange is €1 = $1.16.
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