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Over 400 Rare and Important Artifacts Used by American Astronauts, Cuban Revolutionaries and Soviet Spies

History Memorabilia Event of the Season Featuring Never Before Seen at Auction Items Including an Original Soviet Engima Code “Fialka” Machine, KGB Headquarter’s One-Thousand-Pound Vladimir Lenin Stone Sculpture, Che Guevara’s High School Report Card, Fidel Castro’s Signed “Havana Takeover” Letter, Captain William Roderick Staff’s Presentation Sword, “The Boy in the Bubble” Isolation System Transporter, Test Film Footage of NASA Astronauts Paul Weitz and Bruce McCandless, NASA Moon Rover Camera, Government Documents, Posters and More Headed to the Auction Block

Saturday February 13th, 2021

Los Angeles, California – (October 26th, 2020) – Julien’s Auctions has announced THE COLD WAR RELICS AUCTION FEATURING THE KGB ESPIONAGE MUSUEM COLLECTION, the world’s first and most comprehensive auction event offering some of the rarest and most important artifacts from the U.S, Soviet Union and Cuba during the Cold War era ever to be assembled and offered at auction. The history memorabilia event of the season will take place on Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills and live online at

At the centerpiece of this special event is the entire collection from the KGB Espionage Museum in New York City. The auction will feature the world's largest collection of KGB-specific spy equipment and authentic KGB artifacts from the Cold War. Over 400 lots will be on offer such as clandestine operative cameras, counter-intelligence detectors, morse code machines, airplane radars, voice recorders and official government documents. Special highlights include a secret hotel-room listening device or “bug” from 1964 (estimate: $300-$500);

a rare Soviet version of the Enigma code cipher machine known as the Fialka (estimate: $8,000-$12,000) (photo left); a replica of the deadly syringe umbrella believed to have been used to carry out the assassination of Bulgarian author Georgie Markov (estimate: $2,000-$3,000);

a vintage one-thousand-pound carved stone sculpture of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin (estimate: $5,000-$7,000) that stood in the headquarters of the KGB in Kaliningrad (photo right);

a purse with a hidden camera and shutter apparatus (estimate: $2,500-$3,500) (photo left); a machine used by border guards to detect people hiding in vehicles (estimate: $800-$1,200); a German WWII phone tap device (estimate: $1,500-$2,500); an original steel door from a former KGB prison hospital (estimate: $500-$700); a unique portable wire recording machine (estimate: $500-700) and a vintage railroad “Infected Area” warning sign (estimate: $100-$150).

This collection of exclusive items will be offered for the first time to the public at auction and was procured by world-renowned historian, collector and museum curator, Julius Urbaitis, who worked as the consultant for the 2019 Emmy and Golden Globe award winning HBO series, Chernobyl.

The Cold War was also waged in the final frontier between the United States and the Soviet Union as the two superpowers jockeyed relentlessly to surpass one another with their space exploration and launches that wielded their power, intelligence and military might to the world. Numerous relics of the U.S. and Soviet space race will be spotlighted including the original NASA designed and constructed spacesuit transporter from the Mobile Biological Isolation System (MBIS) created for David Vetter in 1977 and was the inspiration for the Emmy nominated film The Boy in The Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) (photo above right); approximately 1,600 feet of 16mm film footage of astronauts Paul Weitz and Bruce McCandless wearing space suits in a zero gravity simulator for the Apollo Applications Program (estimate: $100-$150); a camera designed for use on the Moon Rover vehicle (estimate: $200-$300); a space flown NASA T-shirt and shorts worn by astronaut Donn Eisele on Apollo VII (estimate: $500-$700); a Soviet space program coffee tube signed by Vostok 3 cosmonaut Andriyan Nikolayev (estimate: $100-$150) and more.

The Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 was a seismic moment in Cold War history as the threat of war loomed during the tense 13-day confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union over the installation of nuclear armed Soviet missiles on Cuba. Hundreds of pieces, some never before seen at auction, that tell the history of the island nation located 90 miles from the U.S., its struggles and uprising against their government in 1959, led by the Cuban Revolution’s iconic leaders, Fidel Castro and Ernesto "Che" Guevara, will be presented. Highlights include Che Guevara’s high school report card (estimate: $1,000-$1,500); a signed 1958 letter from Fidel Castro discussing plans to infiltrate the capital city of Havana (estimate: $1,000-$1,500); a presentation sword given to African American military officer, Captain William Roderick Staff, who fought in Cuba, most notably in the Battle of San Juan Hill, in Company “C” of the 24th Infantry, a “Colored” unit composed primarily of African-American citizens (one of the original “Buffalo Soldier” regiments) and fought in Southeast Asia during the Philippine Insurrection (estimate: $10,000-$15,000) (photo below); official Coca-Cola Company business trademark registration documents from 1915 and 1917 in Havana, Cuba and original vintage gelatin silver photographs showing Coca-Cola advertising and brand related events in Cuba (estimate: $2,000-$3,000) and more.

“Julien’s Auctions is proud to present the largest collection of rare and important artifacts from Cold War era history ever to be assembled at auction,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “These extraordinary items taken out of the secret archives and vaults from the U.S., Russia and Cuba will add tremendous value to any collection from world class museums to any history buff’s private trove. From the entire KGB Espionage Museum collection to obscure U.S. and Soviet space race artifacts to never before seen items from Cuba and their Revolution, these stunning objects offer a fascinating look at the geopolitical, economic and cultural upheaval of that time, whose impact resonates more than ever in this election year.”


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Exhibition: Monday, February 8th-Friday, February 12th, 2021
Daily: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Free to the Public


Saturday, February 13th, 2021
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Session II: 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time

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Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

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