Vostok 1 Coffee with Milk

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Lot 233 Sale 8521 Space Exploration, 9 May 2001, Christie’s, New York

Estimate: $3,000 – $4,000
Price realized: $12,925

“Lot Description [VOSTOK 1] Flown. Food tube of the first “Coffee with Milk” taken in space. Flown onboard Vostok 1, April 12, 1961 (the first manned flight). “NO COFFEE OR MILK HAS GONE SO FAST OR TRAVELED SO FAR SINCE MAN’S FIRST USE OF THEM” (Yuri Gagarin 1961). Probably the most universal drink after water, this was the first beverage to be imbibed at Mach 25. These fluids were part of the scientific inquiry as to whether man could eat and drink in space. [With]: Letter of authentication from Ivanovsky.”

Image: A zero-gravity coffee cup floats aboard the International Space Station 2002.

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