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No sales for Nasa memorabilia in Kent Auction

Jonathan Riley of Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent, holds a US flag flown for the launch of the shuttle Columbia. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Space memorabilia belonging to the widow of a Nasa technician who was killed while fuelling a Titan rocket failed to sell at an auction in Kent.

The items included a US flag flown for the launch of the shuttle Columbia and a photograph of the Gemini 11 lift-off in 1966.

The lot, which had a guide price of between £500 and £800, failed to draw any interest from potential buyers at Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent.

The collection belonged to Yvonne Harvey, whose husband Bob died while working as a rocket fuel technician on the Nasa space programme at Cape Canaveral.

Nasa technician Bob Harvey, who was killed while fuelling a Titan rocket. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Mr Harvey, 60, was found dead on a platform near the top of the Titan rocket in Florida in June 1997 with a six-inch gash to the back of his head.

He is commemorated by a brick in the Spacewalk of Honour but the mystery of what happened has never been fully explained, despite his wife's attempts to get at the truth.

Following tonight's auction, Jonathan Riley, head of paintings at Grand Auctions, said: "There was not one inquiry, which was totally bizarre because it had gained publicity beforehand.

"It's disappointing for the owner, whom it will all go back to now, because a lot of effort had been put into preparing for the auction.

"These things can happen but we had been expecting some interest. Clearly, the items just didn't appeal to anyone."

A photograph of the Gemini 11 lift-off in 1966, which is included in the auction. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire