We use cookies to remember choices you make on functionality and personal features to enhance your experience to our site. By continuing to use our site you consent to the use of cookies. Please refer to our privacy and cookie policies for more information

Skip to main content

Space History Featuring the First Lunar Sample / SPUTNIK-1 ORIGINAL LABEL MEMENTO FROM OCTOBER 4, 1957 LAUNCH, INSCRIBED BY SERGEI KOROLEV. Paper phalange label, 30mm diameter, 1957,

Lot 3
SPUTNIK-1: ORIGINAL LABEL
MEMENTO FROM OCTOBER 4, 1957 LAUNCH, INSCRIBED BY SERGEI KOROLEV.
Paper phalange label, 30mm diameter, 1957,
13 April 2022, 13:00 EDT
New York

US$20,000 - US$30,000

Own a similar item?

Submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

How to sell

Looking for a similar item?

Our Books & Manuscripts specialists can help you find a similar item at an auction or via a private sale.

Find your local specialist

Ask about this lot

SPUTNIK-1: ORIGINAL LABEL

MEMENTO FROM OCTOBER 4, 1957 LAUNCH, INSCRIBED BY SERGEI KOROLEV.
Paper phalange label, 30mm diameter, 1957, with red ribbon.

Provenance: Oleg Ivanovsky (1922-2014), with Typed Letter Signed ("Oleg Ivanovsky") and dated April 16, 1999.

THE ORIGINAL TAG FROM THE SPUTNIK-1 SATELLITE, REMOVED JUST BEFORE LAUNCH AT BAIKONUR COSMODROME, SIGNED & INSCRIBED by the father of the Soviet space program, OKB-1 head Sergei Korolev. The obverse contains the designation of the satellite, the part number, and the arm number: ["No. 9, 6064, III (third)"]. The reverse a holograph note from Korolev: ["4 Oct 1957 year, THE FIRST SPUTNIK, Tag from the antenna on the Third(III) arm / S.P."]

Oleg Ivanovsky was appointed by Sergei Korolev as chief designer at OKB-1, specifically working as deputy chief designer of Sputnik-1 and Sputnik 2, chief designer of the Vostok spacecrafts, and he also worked on the space probes. Included is a typed letter, signed ("Oleg Ivanovsky"), April 16, 1999, in English, stating: "I certify that this phalange label was one of four that was attached to one of the arms of the first Sputnik launched October 4th, 1957. I took this off as a routine course right before the flight and was the last one who placed the sputnik on the R-7 rocket at Baikanaur Cosmodrome." The tag was given to Ivanovsky by the architect of the Soviet space program Sergei Korolev as a memento of a successful launch. It's unlikely that they realized then that this memento marks not only a highlight of 20th century achievement, but also the ushering in of a new international scientific age.

Additional information