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Wine signed by first man in space

Drinks-related space memorabilia is big business. In 2014, an empty bottle of wine signed by the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin, and used to toast a doomed mission was put up for auction, with a guide price of between €1,920 and €2,400.

The bottle of Château Meyney, Prieuré des Couleys 1961 was drunk by Gagarin and Vladimir Komarov to celebrate their selection for the Russian Soyuz programme in the 1960s.

Komorov was launched in the Soyuz 1 rocket, which had been plagued by technical problems, in 1967 as part of the race to reach the moon. He was killed when the rocket crashed on re-entry – the first in-flight fatality in the history of spaceflight.

As for the bottle, it remained unsold.

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