Camera used by Yuri Gagarin during training as back-up to Komarov for the Salyut flight — A Russian-made “Salyut” brand (Serial Number 6000099), the equivalent of a Hasselblad 501C with waist-level viewfinder and black and chrome body — with a shutter speed dial on the right side of the body, the A12 film back has a dark slide and an ISO dial on the rear — chrome lens is equivalent to 80 mm. with an internal yellow filter for more contrast and an aperture dial on the lens.
[With three documentary letters in Russian:]
Leonov, Nikolayev & Belyayev. Photocopy of a letter, signed. To factory chief S. Gusovsky, chief engineer I. Kornitsky, and secretary of the factory’s Communist Party, N. Panov. 12 April 1968. States that during cosmonaut training, the cosmonauts used various pieces of equipment, including the camera Salyut no. 6000099 used by “our friend, first cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.” The letter goes on to say that “We are returning this camera and let it be a symbol of our business and friendly relations between the collective of your factory and the pilot-cosmonauts.”
Cosmonautics Federation. Typed letter, signed “V. Sudets.” To factory chief S.Gusinsky. Mentions that Cosmonaut Pavel Belyayev will deliver this camera to the “Arsenal” factory to present the camera to a factory collective.
Air Force Academy, Gagarin Museum. Typed letter, signed and stamped. States that the Salyut camera owned by Gagarin, no. 6000099, was given to the factory that produced it [the “Arsenal”] in 1968.The lot also includes a large black and white photograph, 15 ½ x 11 in.; 394 x 280 mm., of Yuri Gagarin holding this camera. The photo appears to have been part of an exhibit and includes a Russian/Ukrainian language descriptive label.
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